The highest wicket taker in the world , both in Tests and One Day Cricket. Muralitharan averages almost 6 wickets per test match and is rated as one of the best bowler , the game has ever seen. His full name is Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan born on 17th April 1972 in Kandy. Murali bowling style was Right Arm Off Break.
Muralidaran started his International cricket career against Australia on 28th August 1992 in Tests , and his ODI debut came against India an year later on 12th August 1993.
Muralitharan became the first Sri Lankan to take 100 Test Wickets , when he took the wicket of Stephen Fleming in Hamilton Test on 16 March 1997.
Muralitharan Achievement :
- Murali first 5 wicket haul in Test Matches came in the first innings of the Test at Moratuwa against South Africa in August 1993. The wickets include the greats of that time Hansie Cronje , Jonty Rhodes and Kepler Wessels.
- In 2002, Wisden Cricketer Almanack rated him as the greatest Test Bowler of all time.
- A test series is named with the name of two highest wicket taker in test cricket , Warne-Murlidaran Trophy in 2007. All the series between Australia & Sri Lanka will be played for the trophy.
- A circular stamp with a denomination of Rs 5 was issued by the Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts in Sri Lanka to mark the achievement of Muralitharan , when he became the highest wicket taker in test Cricket.
- Murali was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1999.
- International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele was renamed after Muttiah Muralitharan.
- He was often called as the “Bradman of Bowling”.
Muralitharan One Day Cricket :
Murali debut against India on 12th August 1993 . His figures in his first One Day International were 10 overs-38 runs with 1 wicket. His 1st wicket was of Praveen Amre.
Muttiah represented Sri Lanka in 5 World Cups in 1996 , 1999 , 2003 , 2007 & 2011. He was part of the Sri Lankan World Cup winning team in 1996 in Lahore , Pakistan. He is the 2nd highest wicket taker in World Cups with 67 wickets behind Glenn Mcgrath who has 71 World Cup wickets.
Murali played his last farewell ODI , the final against India in 2011 World Cup, that India won by 6 wickets. He was also a part of the team that were finalist in 1999 and 2007 World Cups .
Muralitharan is the highest wicket taker in ODI with 534 wickets. He surpassed Wasim Akram(502 wickets) on 5th February 2009 , when he took the wicket of Yuvraj Singh.
Murali won 13 Man of the Match Awards in One Day International Cricket.
World Records :
- 1st and only player to take 50 or more wickets against all Test Playing Nations.
- Highest number of Man of the Series Awards in Test Cricket – 11
- Highest number of bowls bowled in International Career : 63132
- Most 5-Wicket Hauls in an innings of a Test – 67
- Highest Wicket Taker in Test Cricket : 800
- Highest Wicket Taker in ODI Cricket : 534
- Most number of 10-wicket hauls in a test match : 22
- Only player to take 10 wickets/test match against all Test Playing nations.
- Murali is the only player to take 10 wickets in a test match in 4 successive matches. And he did it twice in his career.
- Muralitharan is the fastest bowler to 350 , 400 , 450 , 500 , 550 , 600 , 650 , 700 , 750 Test wickets. And he is the only player to take more than 708 wickets (Shane Warne).
- Most 5 wicket hauls in International Cricketing Career : 77
- In 2000 , 2001 & 2006 , he took more than 75 wickets in a single calender year. He is the only player to do it thrice.
- Muralitharan is the only player to take 100-plus Test wickets on three avenues. Galle International Stadium , the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo and Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy.
And finally serving Sri Lankan cricket for 19 years gracefully , he played his final test on 18th July 2010 and final ODI on 2nd April 2011 to say goodbye to a real heroic career. We all will miss You Murali.
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