IPL 2020: Playing IPL Is Difficult Than Playing For Country, Says Muttiah Muralitharan

IPL 2020: Playing IPL Is Difficult Than Playing For Country, Says Muttiah Muralitharan

Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan,
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Sri Lankan legend off-spinner — Muttiah Muralitharan opined that playing IPL — is harder than playing for the country in a chat show with Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin. The 48-year-old Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the greatest cricket players. He has taken 800 Test wickets in 230 innings with a best of nine for 51 — and has the record for the most Test wickets.

Muralitharan played across three teams namely  Chennai Super Kings, now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL during his 8 seasons. In total 66 appearances made in IPL, he managed to take 63 wickets with an economy of 6.68. He last played in the IPL back in 2015 with RCB.

Muttiah Muralitharan and Ricky Ponting, IPL 2019, Feroz Shah Kotla, DC vs SRH, Delhi
Ponting having a word with SRH mentor Muttiah Muralitharan at Feroz Shah Kotla. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Muttiah Muralitharan Tells The 4 Foreigners In Team Rule Causes Insecurity For Foreign Players In The IPL

The Sri Lankan spinner tells no matter how good your form maybe, but still, you could have to sit on the bench for the sake of the right team combination in the IPL. He enjoyed his stint at CSK where he debuted in the IPL taking 52 wickets in 46 matches under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

“With country, you know you will perform. You will have the confidence that you’ll get the ball, you’ll play. But in IPL, no matter how well you’ve done, you might have to sit out for the sake of team combination. So that’s part and parcel of IPL. You have to accept it and move on,” he stated.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chandika Hathurusingha, ICC World Cup 2019
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I Too Have Sat Out Many Matches. But I’ve Never Been Unsatisfied.

Muttiah Muralitharan recalls him facing the same problem in the IPL due to the 4 foreign players only rule and had to sit as a bench warmer in many matches. However, he was never unsatisfied because he accepted this being a part of the game.

“In IPL only four foreigners can play so tea composition is there. Some matches need all-rounders, some don’t. I too have sat out many matches. But I’ve never been unsatisfied. That is part of the game,” Muralitharan added.

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Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is celebrated as the highest ODI wicket-taker with a total of 534 wickets and highest test wicket-taker with 800 wickets.

The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.