Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan's mother-in-law said in Chennai that his act of equalling Shane Warne's record of 708 test wickets on Sunday in the first cricket Test against England in Kandy was a reward for his hard work and self-confidence.
"Muralitharan was able to achieve this through sheer self-confidence and hard work. More than anything, he has the bleasing of the Almighty', his mother in law Dr Nitya Ramamurthy, told PTI on Sunday.
The offie had taken four wickets in England's first innings total of 182 for 5 and needs one more wicket to surpass the existing record of Warne.
"Me and my family members were thrilled to witness Murali equalling the record. We watched the action on television and are happy he achieved it in Sri Lankan soil. I am pretty happy since an Asian is going to be the world record (highest wicket taker in test cricket) holder tomorrow", she said.
She said that her husband Dr Ramamurthy, who is no more, was an ardent cricket lover. "If he were alive, he would have already been in Kandy to watch Murali's feat," she said.
Dr Nitya said she said she would leave for Kandy via Colombo on Monday, where 'hopefully, I will be able to witness the record breaking effort of Murali," she said.
Dr Nitya hoped that Murali, who had set a goal of claiming 1,000 test wickets, would be able to have this record also written in his name.