Off-spinner Muralitharan needs only five wickets to become the first player to chalk up 1,000 Test and One-day wickets. He is also six wickets shy of becoming only the second player after Australia's Shane Warne to take 600 test wickets.
''You never know when it will come,'' he said of reaching 600 Test wickets. ''I always try to bowl my best and try to help my team win. If it comes it comes, otherwise it will take another series.'' Muralitharan said it was a ''good feeling'' to play his 100th Test match and that he never thought about achieving the feat when he started playing.
He will become the second Sri Lankan after former captain Sanath Jayasuria, and the 36th cricketer in the world, to make 100 test appearances.