Injured Muralitharan likely to miss World Cup semi-final against Black Caps

March 29th, 2011 - 12:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Kumar Sangakkara Colombo, Mar 29(ANI): Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may miss today’s first World Cup semi-final against New Zealand due to a double leg injury.

Muralitharan had bruised his knee and suffered a hamstring injury while batting during Sri Lanka’s final Group A game against New Zealand on March 18.

“Murali and everyone around him is trying to get him as fit as possible and fit enough to play. Its two different injuries. He knocked his knee at Mumbai and he’s just aggravated a quadricep muscle - a very slight strain - in the game before so it’s not the same injury. We’ll just have to monitor how he goes and hope he is fit enough to play,” Stuff.co.nz quoted captain Kumar Sangakkara, as saying.

“It’s no use thinking about the final and saving him for other games, this is the crunch game and if he can play that’ll be great for us, but if that doesn’t work out, we’ve got enough cover to make sure that we are still a solid winning side. If Murali is not fit it’s something that we have to accept and get on with,” he added.

Muralitharan, who is the leading wicket-taker in Tests (800 wickets) and in ODI cricket (530 wickets), has announced that he will retire from one-day cricket at the end of the World Cup. (ANI)

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