Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has improved a lot and is a smart cricketer.

Muralitharan, who is in Tamil Nadu, talking about Ashwin said, “Ashwin has improved a lot in the recent past. He played really well in the recent matches. He has the experience and talent to showcase his skills in the upcoming ones. In fact, according to me, he is a smart cricketer. Looking forward to seeing his performance.”

Ashwin has 275 wickets in 49 Test and 150 wickets in 111 ODIs. Ashwin as an all-rounder has done a commendable job so far.

Muralitharan, who holds the record for most Test wickets, is not impressed with Sri Lanka’s performance in recent time. Sri Lanka had a forgettable Champions Trophy campaign and lost the ODI series to Zimbabwe at home.

“I am happy that the present Sri Lankan team is absolutely new. But I can notice the team is slacking a bit in overall performance these days. They should solve all their problems themselves and build on the reputation of the team. The retirement of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and myself both from Test and ODI cricket has weakened the team but they need to move on,” Muralitharan said.

Meanwhile, he is looking forward to work with young chaps as a mentor of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) for VB Thiruvallur Veerans.

He also spoke about his association with TNPL and said, “I always prefer to be here. My grand parents are from Namakkal and I am also, right now, doing business in Tiruchirappalli. Many of my relatives are also from the state.”

When he was also asked about to the return of Chennai Super Kings to the IPL after serving the two-year ban, Muralitharan said if the franchise offers him any opportunity he will work with them.

The legendary spinner, 1347 wickets in all three formats, said the world has many talented spinners, as a result, the spinners are doing better than pace bowlers in contemporary cricket.