Spin genius Muttiah Muralitharan brought down the curtains on his Test career in a blaze of glory by becoming the first cricketer to scalp 800 wickets. All eyes were on Muralitharan as the crowd and his team-mates expected him to reach the 800-wicket mark quickly but the off-spinner could add just one more scalp to take his tally to 799 till the lunch break. Ojha joined the action after Laxman’s dismissal and with Ishant he frustrated the hosts for another 15 overs. But ultimately Murli gets the rid of Ojha as last and 800th wicket of his cricketing career.
Muralitharan made his Test debut in 1992 against Australia in Colombo and has since taken 22, 10-wicket hauls. He has taken five wickets in a Test innings on a record 67 occasions. Muralitharan’s 18-year career was marred by controversy due to his bent-arm action — the result of an elbow deformity since birth — which helped him impart considerable turn and bounce even on the most placid wickets.
The unusual action sparked uproar in the cricket world, especially in Australia where umpires no-balled him for throwing and former Prime Minister John Howard once called him a “chucker”. Muralitharan’s action first came under the microscope when Australian umpire Darrel Hair called him for throwing during Sri Lanka’s tour Down Under in 1995-96. He was called again during a later tour of Australia in 1998-99 but was subsequently cleared after further tests. But the International Cricket Council, which carried out bio-mechanical tests on the bowler, cleared him of a suspect action.
Affectionately known as Murali, the off-spinner is the most successful bowler in history with record hauls in both Test (800) and one-day (515) cricket. There is no-one has to follow him by no. of wickets in test in active cricket. In active cricket the three are near about to Murli you can say are Ntini(SA-390),Harbhajan(IND-355),Vettori(NZ-325). If you will see the number than you can understand how far behind they are from Murli’s number of wickets. We were lucky to see the all three great spinner in our era to play Mr. Warne, Mr. Kumble.
One of greatest cricket person has been retired from longer version of cricket, we will miss you on the field Mr Great Spinner in cricketing history. Great Murli-Great cricketer-Great retirement. Best of luck for future.