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Media too hard on Indian players: Murali

Media too hard on Indian players: Murali

It's unfair to criticise Dravid for one failure, says Murali.

Mumbai: Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, known for his frankness, has slammed the Indian media for being too harsh on its players especially when they are going through a lean patch.

“When it comes to performance, I think the media is too hard on Indian players. No player comes out to lose. Everyone tries hard, gives his best. There are always ups and downs in player’s career. The best example is India’s Rahul Dravid. After he failed in one match, some people are saying he should be dropped, which is not right," Muralitharan said in an interview to The Hindustan Times on Thursday.

“I don’t understand this mindset, Dravid is a great player. People say you have to bring in younger players. Young players should deserve a place to start with, perform and then come and take an established player’s place. They have to be better than the players they are replacing. Mendis (Ajantha) has taken his place because he deserves it. Remember we are all professionals," he added.

“No one’s career- graph is always climbing. Even Sachin (Tendulkar) will have a bit of a dip at some point. If someone doesn’t perform in one or two matches, then people will say he should be dropped, which is not good. If you fail in ten matches and someone says you should be dropped, that is understandable because despite all the records, you can’t live in the past. You have to look at the future," he pointed out.

“But just because someone is in his mid-30 and has failed in one match, you cannot drop him," the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket added.

first published:July 31, 2008, 11:16 IST