IPL is more difficult to play than the national team
Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is more difficult than playing for the national team. Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket, made the remarks during a recent conversation with Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on a show called ‘DRS with Ash’. “It is more difficult to play in the IPL than in the country,” Murali said.
Murali, who has taken 600 wickets in 133 Tests and 534 wickets in 350 ODIs for the country, said the standard of competition in the IPL is very high and all the best players in the world take part in it. So many of the best players have to fight hard to get a chance in the XI.
“Only four foreign cricketers can play in the IPL,” he said. Team planning and the combination is a big deal here. I also had to sit out many matches. We also had to fight to get a chance in the XI. But I never gave up. Because it’s also part of the game. If you can prove yourself, the opportunity will come again.
Muralitharan has played continuously from the beginning of IPL till 2015. He has played for Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Taskars, Royal Challengers Bangalore in eight seasons. Murali has had more success in the Chennai Super Kings under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former India captain and the recently retired international cricketer. He has taken 52 wickets in 47 matches for Chennai. Murali last played for Bangalore in the IPL in 2015.
The 13th edition of the IPL is starting from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. This year’s event was scheduled to start on March 29. But due to Corona, it has been delayed, even having to be organized outside India. This is the third time the IPL is out of the country.