Lay off from cricket will do Murali a 'world' of good - Tennekoon
CRICKET: The short lay-off from International Cricket should
rejuvenate ace off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to comeback to his own
during the World Cup to be staged in the sub-continent in February.
Muralitharan who announced his retirement from Test cricket last year
after taking 800 Test wickets, is also the highest wicket taker in ODI's
(517) and will bid goodbye to International Cricket after the World Cup
2011. Muralitharan no doubt will be an integral part of the Sri Lankan
bowling machinery in their bid to repeat their 1996 feat in winning the
World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket Manager Anura Tennekon who led the
inaugural World Cup team in 1975 and the subsequent one in 1979, both
held in England, said that Muralitharan has been bowling quite a lot
during his carrer, and the short lay-off should help him a lot.
"Whatever the rest, he gets in between the tournament will help him to
rejuvenate himself and comeback into his own self in the tournament.
"This will certainly be an advantage, because the less you see of a
bowler and play him in the centre, it is going to be a bit different
that other times. But batsmen have got to know 'Murali' as he has been
playing for a long time. The batsmen have also got video postage to
follow his action. But 'Murali' is a bowler who could produce curious
deliveries to keep the batsmen guessing. I hope he will be able to do
something in the World Cup tournament,' said Tennekoon.
The Sri Lanka Cricket Manager said that he believes in Sri Lanka
taking our strategy match by match and try to win on that particular
Going back to the inaugural World Cup Tourney in England in 1975
which he captained, Tennekoon said that: " It was the inception of the
World Cup, the organisation was good, but it was not as professional as
it is now. Over the years the tournament has been developed and fine
tuned, and now it has reached the stage that everything is pick and span
and is in order when the tournament begins".
Tennekoon said that it was a great event for people in this part of
the world. He said that the ODI Series in Australia late last year,
which Sri Lanka won, has given the players a lot of self-belief and
strength in their ability, and if they could carry this conception into
the World Cup, too, Sri Lanka should progress well in this tournament
and perhaps reach the final stages of the competition.