Muralitharan aiming for new records in India
Muttiah Muralitharan is contemplating what could be his last test series on foreign soil and wants to achieve something he’s never done by guiding
Two of cricket’s greatest players head into the three-test series starting here Monday in different moods.
Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker of all time with 783 in test cricket, was in a reflective mood after
“I have played enough cricket over the years. This could be my last tour overseas,” the 37-year-old spinner said. “Sri Lanka has not won a test series in
Tendulkar will start the series a day after celebrating the 20th anniversary of his test debut as a teenager.
Among those lining up to wish him well was
“It is not a common thing in cricket to achieve so much in 20 years. He occupies top spot among the best in world cricket and perhaps the most popular cricketer in the game,” Srikkanth said. “He is role model to up and coming youngsters. In
“I am sure the lovers of the game in
Tendulkar, already with a record 12,773 runs in 159 tests, including 42 centuries, has no plans of retiring just yet, particularly after
He doesn’t think it’s enough.
“Ideally for any team to progress you need to play more test cricket as that is where the real cricket is, according to me,” he told a marathon news conference this week. “Test cricket is cricket of the highest level and since it is played across five days at the end of each day it allows you to regroup, re-think, come up with fresh ideas and plan for the next day.”
He was asked if he could keep playing until 2015.
“It would be nice if I can go on that that long but I don’t want to think that far. My focus is on the near future. I’ve enjoyed every bit so far and I feel there is cricket left in me and everything is going really well.”
While they got limited practice, the Sri Lankans were hoping to be bolstered by the return of batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan from an ankle injury.
“Prasanna has been doing great with the gloves. Kaushal is on a maiden test tour but has been scoring a good amount of runs for the A side and in domestic cricket,” Sangakkara said. “One of them is going to get the first game.”
Sangakkara has some bitter memories from the last test tour to
This time around the skipper feels his team is better equipped with the mixture of youth and experience to fight against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Indian team.
“We have got … a good variation of pace and spin plus over seven or eight batsmen,” he said. “And all of them have been doing well in their own disciplines.”
The two other survivors from 2005 tour Thilan Samaraweera, Mahela Jayawardene have grown in confidence since then while ever reliable Muralitharan is there to mesmerize batsmen – maybe one last time on the Indian soil.
The strong Sri Lankan batting line-up will be challenged by fit-again paceman Zaheer Khan – recovered from shoulder injury – and temperamental Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, given one last chance to resurrect his international career.