Kanpur: World's highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan has hinted that he may retire from all forms of the game even before the 2011 World Cup.
Muralitharan who is on his fourth tour to India and his final overseas tour is certainly struggling to come to terms with the placid Indian pitches and a strong Indian batting line-up which has treated him quite harshly in the series so far.
“I am 37 years old and I can"t bowl as much as those days because after 15-16 overs I get tired. But I will try and play a little bit of one-day cricket that"s only 10 overs to bowl. If I find everything is not going well I might retire from both forms of the game before the World Cup," Muralitharan told The Nation.
“I"ve played only 7 Test matches this year two against Bangladesh, two against Pakistan where it was a dead rubber series and two against New Zealand when I really did well bowling in the second innings of the second Test with a groin injury. Whenever the side wanted a breakthrough I"ve got it for them in the New Zealand series. I don"t why it"s not happening here," said Muralitharan.
In the first Test at Ahmedabad, Sri Lanka was in a good position to take an early lead in the three-match series but Indian batsmen managed to save the Test as Muralitharan wasn't able to trouble the hosts much.
The off-spinner has taken just five wickets in the two Tests played here so far in the ongoing series.
But Muralitharan isn't worried too much despite trailing the series 0-1 and said Sri Lanka will be back in business in the next Test in Mumbai that gets underway on the December 2.