The spin king is still buzzing
Mar 22, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
It was tragic really that Muttiah Muralitharan finished at the wrong end of a thriller on a tense Sunday night. It was also a night of several emotional shades in the melting pot that the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium was.
At the end of it all, Muralitharan’s radiant visage masked his disappointment.
He walked up like a champion and a sportsman to congratulate the victors.
Yet, deep down and beneath all those layers, it must have hurt.
The situations and the protagonists had changed till a gripping conclusion was reached. Muralitharan’s sublime off-spin — his precision and guile made compelling viewing — had set up a victory for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Yet, the CSK batsmen made a mess of a routine chase against a Kings XI Punjab attack that was disciplined at best. The contest should never have spilled into the Super Over.