Chennai, May 24 (UNI) Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is turning out for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing DLF Indian Premier League(IPL), has confessed that Twenty20 was primarily a batsman's game and doesn't help spinners much.
Muralitharan observed that since the boundary lines have been brought in, it was difficult for a spinner to contain the flow of runs and hence a team would concentrate on defending rather than attacking.
''Bowlers can win matches as well. The wickets have to be taken by them. Containing the flow of runs is not easy in T20. Anyway, people want more runs than wickets,'' he observed.
''A bowler gets just four overs and it is more of a batting wicket and the pitch doesn't hold anything much for spinners,'' he said.
However, Muralitharan also emphasized the importance of bowlers in the game saying that wickets always belong to the bowlers and sometimes it was tough to restrict the batting side to a small total.
On his own performance in the IPL so far, he said he was not aiming to get many wickets. But he was focussing on restricting himself to hit the economy rate.
''I'm not bent on getting wickets but just hitting economy rate which is around seven now. Sometimes, you have to think more about your team rather than you own success,'' he added.
Terming the Super Kings batting performance as being 'above IPL average', he said the side has seen a consistent batting performance going down to low scores only twice in 12 games.
''We are the most consistent side with just two failures out of 12. In the other matches, we have made more than 160, which is above average IPL score,'' he claimed.
Talking about the semi-finals, Muralitharan felt that once into that stage, it could be anybody's game, though at present, based on performance, Rajasthan stand a better chance of winning.
''According to the performance at the moment, the Royals look stronger but anything could happen as T20 is unpredictable,'' he said.
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