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I am hungry for wickets: Muralitharan

The ace spinner redicted that the Test series between Lanka and India was going to be "one-on-one" and said his side will strive hard for success.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2005 18:07 IST

Ace spinner Muthiah Muralitharan on Wednesday predicted that the three Test series between Sri Lanka and India was going to be "one-on-one" and said his side will strive hard for success.

The off-spinner from the island nation, with 563 wickets in 95 Tests at an average of 22.15, said he was raring to have a go at the Chepauk ground.

"I have never played here before but the bowlers, especially the spinners on either side, will have an advantage in the outcome of the match," Muralitharan told reporters after the team's net practice for over two-and-a-half-hours.

"It is a big challenge for me and I have to prove myself against a formidable side like India."

Asked whether it was going to be a Sachin Tendulkar-Murali clash, the world class bowler said "not only Sachin... India is a strong side having in its ranks players like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Laxman. We will strive hard to get their wickets."

On the wicket, he said "it looks like a flat one, looking to take spin on the second or third day itself and will provide bounce too."

On the debacle in the recent the one-day series, Muralitharan said he does not think about the past. "....We have to make things happen.... It depends on how we bowl on the day."

He termed Test matches as the "real thing" and felt happy that they are playing a Test match in India after eight years.

Referring to the "rivalry" between Shane Warne and himself, the Lankan said "I have been always aiming to take wickets to help my country win matches. I am hungry for wickets."

First Published: Nov 30, 2005 16:10 IST