Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who is regarded as the pioneer of dosra has said the retiring Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan "the best of his era and world cricket may not see a bowler like him in next 100 years."
Muralitharan who recently announced his retirement date said that he will call it quits after playing the first Test against India, starting July 18 in Galle.
In response to his announcement several former cricketers have had a say about the veteran who is the leading wicket-taker in both forms of the game.
"I have no doubt in my mind he was the best spinner of his generation. A champion bowler no matter what some people say. I am sure many batsmen would have heaved a sigh of relief knowing he is going to retire now," Saqlain, also a champion off-spinner of his time, said.
Saqlain played his last match for Pakistan in the year 2004. Saqlain was generous in heaping praise on Murali, who is credited with having perfected the mystery ball.
"You can learn a lot from just watching him bowl and his videos are a must see for young spinners. To be honest I don't think in the next 100 years, cricket is going to see a spinner of his caliber," Saqlain, who is now settled in England, said.
Saqlain also praised Murali saying that he is a gentleman, very hard-working and a true fighter. Inspite of the controversies surrounding him, Murali he has come out and produced records after records for the Sri Lanka cricket.
Murali is however likely to be a play in the World Cup 2011.