Dubai, Jun 9: Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan contends that his decision to quit international cricket after World Cup was just right as he left at the to[p of his game and having finished as the highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs.
"I could have gone on for another two or three years but I wanted to quit while in a good position and retire at a peak rather than on a downward turn," Murali told ICC Cricket World Radio Show.
The off-break wizard felt that it was high time he move over, and give the up and coming youngsters a chance to prove thier mettle at the international level.
"I thought it was a right time to give the youngsters like Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv and Rangana Herath an opportunity. They are all itching for their chances because I have been playing for the last 18 years. I got my chance at 19 and now it''s their turn," Murali said.
He might have bid adieu to his Test career with 800 wickets, but it is the 1996 World Cup triumph that he maintains was the best moment of his cricketing career.
"World Cup win in 1996 was the biggest thing in Sri Lanka and we proved we could play good cricket and more teams came to play against us," he added.