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Off-duty: Murali spreads mystery, post-retirement
The Luckyland Biscuits factory is a popular pit stop for all teams on the road to Pallekele. Maybe not for the popularity of the brand, but for the world renown of its owner. It is unlikely that you will bump into Muttiah Muralitharan in the premises, but rather surprisingly, the off-spinner has been conspicuous by his absence even during the World T20 games."
"I haven't seen any games as such. There's no particular reason but I like staying at home and being with my family. I am enjoying a bit of break, even on television, I only watched the India-England game and the South Africa-Sri Lanka match," says Muralitharan.
Murali, though he hasn't watched much of the cricket, has liked whatever little he saw from those matches. And why not, as he enjoyed watching fellow offie Harbhajan Singh bowl to the English batsman.'"It's good to see Bhajji back amongst the wickets' He's a world-class bowler and it was just a matter of giving him an opportunity to show his worth. With the performance against England, he has showed what he's capable of. He's a great bowler and it's always nice to see him bowl with such confidence and control," says Muralitharan.
The current tournament has also seen a variety of slow bowlers showing off their talent, with the likes of Saeed Ajmal, R Ashwin, Ajantha Mendis, Sunil Naraine and even Paul Stirling and Prosper Utseya coming across as key components of their respective bowling units.
"It's nice to see so many of them together but it's too early to say that all of them will have success. This is where individual skills will come into the picture and we will have to wait and see before saying who is the best in this lot," he says. And does he feel that the off-spinners, in their traditional role as containing options, will have a natural advantage in the twenty-overs format where a dot ball is as precious as a wicket?