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Hamstring 'not a problem' - Murali

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

March 19, 2011

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Muttiah Muralitharan celebrates the wicket of Scott Styris, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011
Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets despite struggling with his hamstring against New Zealand © AFP
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Muttiah Muralitharan will use the gap between Sri Lanka's last group match and their quarter-final to rest and recover from the hamstring trouble he faced during the game against New Zealand in Mumbai.

"He [Murali] banged his knee and got bruising on it and a slight hamstring niggle," Kumar Sangakkara said. "In the next few days we got to pay as much attention as we can to Murali's injury and get him on his feet for the next game. Going back to Sri Lanka for him is going to be important in that sense."

Murali, who will retire after the World Cup, said the injury wouldn't hinder his participation in the rest of the tournament. "I have been carrying this hamstring injury for some time and it's not a problem. I am prepared to play the rest of the matches because I am retiring after the World Cup."

Muralitharan hurt his knee as he dived to avoid getting run out and was limping during New Zealand's chase, leaving the field twice to receive treatment. He returned and virtually bowled on one leg during a spell of 4 for 25, which helped Sri Lanka win by 112 runs.

"Murali did a pretty okay job bowling off one leg and getting us all those wickets. He bowled beautifully," said Sangakkara. "Murali's done it before with an injury in Australia and he nearly won us a game there. Here it was something special, it shows how hungry he is to play and do well."

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Comments: 32 
Posted by Shehan_W on (March 22, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Murali has a good chance to retire with a Wold cup victory. But to win this world cup, they should play Kapugedera instead of useless C.Silva. Silva's poor batting cost us the Pakistan game and his poor show continues in the world cup. Opening the batting with Kapugedera is also an option. Although his average is not great, Kapugedera is a match winner and more importantly he is not selfish like C.Silva.

Posted by sanaboy1987 on (March 22, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Murali will make sure that SrI Lanka will win the world cup

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

@jimbond this srilankan team will defeat even the best team of England without even murali and malinga LOL

Posted by -RnS- on (March 22, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

Being a SL support myself, I should say I am somewhat concerned about a few aspects of the team. The main one being the middle order. I think its now too late to make radical changes and we just have to stick with Chamara Silva mainly because hes had more exposure to World Cup matches than Kapu. Thilan Pererae hasn't lived up to his reputation of a big finishes so SL lack the fire power at the bottom. I still believe Dilshan, Tharanga should get us off to a good start atleast by not loosing early wickets. esp dilshan shouldnt throw his wicket away. Hes a natural stroke maker who can accelerate later in the innings if he applies him self and spends time in the crease. Good Luck to our boyz..

Posted by -RnS- on (March 22, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

This man is a true legend. I think he would even bowl SL to victory on one leg.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (March 22, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

Good Luck Murali! You are true champion! How wonderful it would be Murali guided Sri Lanka to victory against England and then went on to win the world cup. It would be a fitting and terrific way for Murali to bow out of the game after such tremendous career. All the very best for the future Murali. It was great knowing you. Good luck to the Sri Lankan team in the Quarterfinal. Wishing you all great success!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

The Whole world knows that Murali is a true Champion and he represents a Champion Team as well, so come April 2nd to Mumbai or watch it on the TV Live to see true Champions playing Champion Cricket against the Aussies.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (March 21, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Murali is a champian. He is a legend in cricket like Sir Don Bradman. There is only one record to break. That is most wickets in world cup matches. Mcgrath holds the current record with tally of 71 wickets. Murali need just 8 wickets to break that record. He has 3 matches. We want to see 72nd wicket in the finals with IND or PAK.

Posted by Zoro_1 on (March 21, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Play Kapugedara instead of Silva. This WC was very bad for Silva unlike the last. Learn from Pakistan. Play 3 dedicated spinners and bowl them early. Bog them down early so that they will collapse. Any overs remain after bowling England out reduces the required run rate proportionately. If Tharanga fails once again, he must be replaced at the very least as an opener.

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (March 21, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Glad to see the enthusiasm in Murali to play the rest of the Games. He is a true son of the nation. Another would be worried about the $$$s he is going to miss from the IPL by aggravating the injury and shy away.................. Hope fate will have one more retirement surprise in store similar to the surprise of getting his 800th test wicket with the last ball of the match!!

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