How Muttiah Muralitharan gave Kumar Sangakkara Sleepless Nights?

Published - 27 Jun 2018, 02:18 PM

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Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara is enjoying the commentary stint. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The greatest off-spinner to grace the cricketing field ever, Muttiah Muralitharan gave nightmares to batsmen during his international career over a span of 19 years.

However, it was not only his opposition batsmen who had sleepless nights because of Muralitharan. His longtime teammate, Kumar Sangakkara too suffered similar anxiety, albeit for a different reason.

Meanwhile, the legendary duo attended the third season of the popular show, ‘What the Duck’.

Talking about their journey, Sangakkara revealed one of the quirky habits of the great spinner. The classical southpaw admitted Muralitharan used to wake him up in the middle of the night to watch cartoons on TV.

He loves his TV. I love it too, but Murali will wake me up from my sleep to watch cartoons. I used to play along at first. But then even though I’m pretending to be sleeping, he will call out to me and make sure I watch the cartoon along with him. So I get up and have to keep watching cartoons with him in the room,” Sangakkara reveals.

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On the other hand, Murali revealed Sangakkara’s habit of not keeping his trophies with himself. The wicketkeeper-batsman would either throw them away or give them away, said the spin legend.

He collects things and he loves doing that. He will collect watches, whiskeys and all the drinks. But the only thing he doesn’t like collecting is trophies. He throws them away or gives it to people. He doesn’t have a single trophy. All of them have been given away to people,” Murali admitted.

Moreover, the duo also shared other interesting anecdotes from their playing careers. The show hosted by Vikram Sathaye will be aired on Youtube soon.

With 800 Tests scalps and 534 ODI wickets, Muralitharan is world’s most successful bowler in both formats. Sangakkara is one of the all-time batting greats with a tally of 12,400 Test and 14,234 ODI runs.

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