Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was in the final years of his illustrious career when the Indian Premier League (IPL) started in 2008. The most decorated bowler in the history of the game, Muttiah Muralitharan started his IPL career with Chennai Super Kings.
The Chennai-based outfit splashed INR 4.5 crore to secure the services of the legendary bowler. He went on to play three seasons for the team from 2008 to 2010, picking up 40 wickets from 40 matches. In 2008, he helped the Super Kings make it to the final and in 2010, he helped the side win its first-ever IPL trophy.
In 2011, he was bought by now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala before being signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore the next year. He eventually retired from IPL in 2014.
Favourite IPL side:
Muttiah Muralitharan recently opened up on his IPL stint and revealed that Chennai Super Kings are the best franchise he ever played for in his career.
“I have played even for Lancashire for 6 to 7 years, but I’d say that Chennai Super Kings was the best franchise I have played for,” said Muttiah Muralitharan on the show Mind Masters by MFORE on Star Sports Tamil.
He further revealed that he had an interest in Super Kings from the time he thought of playing the IPL. He opened up on his time with the franchise and how he enjoyed sharing the dressing room with the local players.
“Captaincy is about respecting the captain, whoever it is. We have to go by his decision. I prayed that if I come to the IPL, I have to go to Chennai, as I thought there will be Chennai people in the team,” Muttiah Muralitharan said .
“So, at that time, there was a good rule, where local players had to be in the team. The first three years was the best of the years because we could speak in our own language. We were around 7-8 people and even VB sir (VB Chandrasekhar) was there who selected us,” he added.