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Playing In IPL Is More Difficult Than Representing Country – Muttiah Muralitharan

Playing for IPL is difficult than playing for the country, says Muttiah Muralitharan

Another exciting season of Indian Premier League is round the corner and the fans cannot keep themselves calm. Ahead of the start, former cricketer, Muttiah Muralitharan has showered high praise. Muralitharan said that playing in IPL is more difficult than representing one’s own country.

The legendary spinner has been a part of IPL since its inception in 2008. He represented Chennai Super Kings from 2008 to 2010 before moving to now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala. In 66 matches, Murali has scalped 63 wickets at an economy of 6.68.

Playing IPL is difficult than representing country – Muralitharan

Following his retirement, he has been an integral part of Sunrisers Hyderabad looking after the bowling unit. Recently, speaking on the most prominent league, Muttiah Muralitharan said that playing in IPL is difficult than playing for the country. He added that there is a sense of security while representing the country as compared to the IPL.

“Playing IPL difficult than playing for country,” Muralitharan said during an interaction Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin on the latter’s show ‘DRS with Ash’. 

Playing for IPL is difficult than representing country, says Muttiah Muralitharan

“With country, you know you will perform. You will have the confidence that you’ll get the ball, you’ll play. But in IPL, no matter how well you’ve done, you might have to sit out for the sake of team combination. So that’s part and parcel of IPL. You have to accept it and move on,” he stated.

With IPL being competitive which allows only four overseas cricketers, Muttiah Muralitharan also had to warm the benches. However, the cricketer of Murali’s stature never complained about the same. He last featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014.

“In IPL only four foreigners can play so tea composition is there. Some matches need all-rounders, some don’t. I too have sat out many matches. But I’ve never been unsatisfied. That is part of the game,” Muralitharan added.

Meanwhile, the veteran will join Sunrisers Hyderabad directly in the UAE for IPL 2020. The 13th edition of the cash-rich league will commence from September 19 and will run until November 10.