Muttiah Muralitharan abstains from commenting on Sri Lanka's recent form

Muttiah Muralitharan abstains from commenting on Sri Lanka’s recent form

Murali is currently working with the Bengal side ahead of the domestic season.

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has denied making any comments on his country’s performance in the recently concluded bilateral series against India at home. The island nation was absolutely decimated and whitewashed as they lost 9-0 over three Tests, five ODIs and one-off T20 international against India. He said that he has “no reaction” to give after the Islanders gave a horrific account of themselves.

India dominated over the hosts on all fronts in the past one and half months, becoming the first visiting team to whitewash a home side 9-0 in a tour comprising of all three formats. The Indian team embarked on their tour to the island nation in a difficult phase after the Kumble-Kohli saga. However, the Indian team has overcome every obstacle since then and their comprehensive victory serves as a testament to that.

When asked about his nation’s performance, Muralitharan refrained from answering and said, “Reaction? No reaction. As far as India-Sri Lanka series is concerned, I have nothing to say.”

Muralitharan is currently touring Kolkata for Vision 2020 program

The 45-year-old is currently in Kolkata for Vision 2020 program, organized by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which aims at helping state cricketers perform better in the domestic season starting with the Ranji Trophy.

Along with Indian batting great VVS Laxman, the ace Sri Lankan off-spinner enjoyed a day with the likes of Manoj Tiwary & Co.

Bengal is scheduled to take on defending champions Gujarat in a practice game ahead of the Ranji season. And Muralitharan believes it will be extremely helpful for the players to get prior game-time and get there mojo back.

Murali mum on Ojha conundrum too

Muralitharan, who has taken 800 Test wickets and has 534 ODI scalps, also refused to comment on left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha’s status. Ojha is yet to receive his No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the CAB and is yet to join Bengal practice.