Written by Staff Writer
17 Apr, 2015 | 12:15 pm
Muttiah Muralitharan born on April 17, 1972 was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on July 22, 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match.
Averaging over six wickets per Test, Muralitharan is one of the most successful bowlers in the game. Muralitharan held the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711 days spanning 214 Test matches.
Muralitharan’s career was beset by controversy over his bowling action for much of his international career. Due to an unusual hyper-extension of his congenitally bent arm during delivery, his bowling action was called into question on a number of occasions by umpires and sections of the cricket community. After bio-mechanical analysis under simulated playing conditions, Muralitharan’s action was cleared by the International Cricket Council, first in 1996 and again in 1999.
In February 2009, after becoming cricket’s highest wicket-taker in both forms of the game, Muttiah Muralitharan hinted that he might retire at the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup.
I think I am fit in my body and mind, I am enjoying my cricket and want to play more. But after the next World Cup, I will have nothing left to achieve in the game. The World Cup should mark the end of my career.
Muralitharan announced his retirement from Test cricket after the first Test against India at Galle which commenced on July 18, 2010.
During that match he captured eight wickets and became the first to reach the milestone of taking 800 Test wickets by dismissing Pragyan Ojha.
As he celebrates his 43rd birthday today it is apt to look at some legendary records created by him – records which cannot be broken.
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