Kandy, Sri Lanka, Dec 5 (UNI) Hinting out his retirement plans, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan said he might quit Test cricket next season, if he fails to withstand the demands of the game both physically and as a bowler.
The 35-year-old spin legend, who recently overtook Shane Warne's mark of 708 wicket to become the world's leading Test wicket taker, said he will decide the longivity of his Test career only after assessing his fitness level next season.
''I will play next season and if I could stand to the demands of Test cricket both physically and as a bowler, I will continue to play for another season,'' Murali told reporters at the Asgiriya stadium here.
He also expressed his happiness over the Test schedule of his national team, which generally is not as tight as other sub-continent countries like India and Pakistan.
''We play only 7 or 8 Test matches in a year and we must enjoy playing the game,'' Murali said.
Interestingly, although, a lot of current and retired greats of the game have tipped the Sri Lankan ace spinner to reach 1000 Test wickets figure before he draws the curtain to his career, Murlitharan himself said when he first started playing cricket, he never imagined that he would reach so far, instead he thought that he would end up his career with just 50 or 100 wickets under his belt.
Murali also lauded his former captain Arjuna Ranatunga for being with him at times of crisis, especially when is career was at stake during Down Under.
''He (Ranatunga) protected me a lot.'' UNI