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I still listen to my coach from school days: Murali

Zeecric Bureau

Galle: After achieving the feat of claiming 800 wickets in his last Test, spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan said that he has never let success go overhead and still listens to his coach of school days.

Ever so generous Murali, who is hailed as one of the best cricketer of the generation said that he holds no grudge against anyone, including the umpires.

Murali, who was called for throwing on some occasions, especially by Darryl Hair, said: “The umpires make their judgments through naked eye, so I have nothing against them. I have no grudge against them and I am happy to have made it through the tough times. I always thought if something goes wrong I can bowl leg spin and continue playing cricket."

He thanked everyone who provided him their support throughout his 18-year long career which was marked by numerous records and controversies.

“I started playing when I was 8 years old and I still listen to my coach from school days. I thank Arjuna Ranatunga and de Silva and all those guys who helped me through the tough times in 1995,” Murali said in a post match ceremony on Thursday.

"I`d like to thank the President of Sri Lanka for coming to support me. Thanks to my wife and family for their support.”

“Thanks to my team-mates of past and present for supporting me for 19 years,” a visibly emotional Murali said
After achieving the feat of claiming 800 wickets in his last Test, spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan said that he holds no grudge against anyone, including the umpires.

He also thanked the Sri Lankan cricket board and officials.

Though he has retired from Tests, he is still available for ODIs and T20s. "I`m available for the World Cup if the selectors need me. I want to play some more Twenty20 cricket. I made a lot of friends through cricket and sometimes my team-mates said I talk too much with opposition players".

One of the finest but most controversial spinners of his generation, Sri Lankan veteran Muttiah Muralitharan bid an emotional goodbye to his 18-year-old Test career today with an unprecedented tally of 800 wickets.

The 38-year-old bowler got the perfect send off by guiding the Lankans to a 10-wicket victory over India in a match where he firmly etched his name in the pages of cricketing history by taking the required eight wickets to reach the 800-wicket mark.

It was an emotional moment for the eye-popping spin giant, who was given a guard of honour by both the Indian and Sri Lankan players during the match.

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