'Murali will go pass 800 wickets' - Warne
By Rex Clementine
Star Australian cricketer Shane Warne believes Sri Lanka's ace spinner
Muttiah Muralitharan will end up with 800 test wickets when he hangs up his
So far, Muralitharan has got 430 wickets and stands as the strongest
contender in the game today to surpass the world record of 537 test scalps
held by the West Indies' Courtney Walsh.
"Look, he bowls half the overs for Sri Lanka in Test Matches. How old is he?
Only 30 and he has got another good five to six years ahead of him. If he
can play the way he does avoiding injuries and picking up around 60 wickets
a year, he'll end up with 800 wickets," said Warne speaking to "The Island"
Warne is 33 years of age and has got 20 more wickets than Muralitharan in
tests. His overall tally stands at 450. Warne was the first slow bowler to
cross the 400-wicket mark. Early this year Muralitharan followed Warne to
the elite 400-wicket club by becoming the youngest cricketer to have
achieved the feet.
When asked about the tally of wickets he would like to have in front of his
name when he retires, Warne said, "I don't set targets. It's all about
enjoying your cricket. If you enjoy what you are doing, you carry on
playing. If you don't , you hang up your boots and say good bye. I haven't
set a particular target as some other guys like McGrath or Murali. I just
love playing," Warne said.
Warne repeatedly said he believes Muralitharan could go pass 800-wicket mark
and said that the sky is the limit for the bowler if he could improve on a
few things. "He's a wonderful bowler and has had a terrific time in
international cricket. If he bowls more than half the overs he normally does
for his side and if he continues a bit longer than five or six years, I won'
t be surprised even if he gets closer to 1000 wickets or even go beyond
that," added Warne.