Muralitharan batted at number 11 in most matches of his career. According to Akhtar, "For him, bowling to Muttiah Muralitharan was the most difficult task. This is no joke at all. Muraleedharan used to request me not to kill him. He used to say that if my bouncer hits him, he will die."
Also he said, "He used to ask me to bowl at full length ahead of me. He used to talk about giving his wicket in return. Whenever I would throw the ball forward, Murali would hit my ball by hitting it and saying it was a mistake."
Told Jonny Bairstow as an overrated batsman