This reprint is courtesy of cricinfo.com where the interview was posted on 2 Janaury 2010. Go to http://www.cricinfo.com/ for the comments that this item drew. Our thanks too to Sa’adi Thawfeeq for his initiative and the range of issues he covered. Murali the man shines forth in his thoughts.
‘I don’t want to be selfish about staying on’
Why is it difficult to beat India in India?
It has never been an easy ride for any team in India. In the 1997 Test series in India, we drew all three. At the time we were at our peak but India managed to hold us. It has always been tough to play in India because the conditions are different and their players know how to play in their own conditions. Therefore for any team to go and succeed in India is very hard. At home, we are a powerful side, like India.