Muralitharan begins a new innings in life

Published: Monday, March 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Monday entered into wedlock with a city-based business executive Madhimalar in Chennai in the presence of a large gathering, which included several stars from the cricket world.

The 32-year-old Sri Lankan, the world's second highest wicket-taker in Tests behind Australian Shane Warne, tied the nuptial knot in the traditional South Indian religious manner, amidst chanting of hymns, at a colourful function at the sprawling Rani Meyammai Hall in Chennai.

The marriage of Muralitharan, known for his humanitarian gestures like helping Tsunami victims of Sri Lanka, was arranged between the parents of the families and fixed during the first week of December last.

The off-spinner's parents hail from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu. Muralitharan, who was born in Kandy in Sri Lanka, has a hotel business there. The 24-year-old Madhimalar helps her mother Dr Nithhya Ramamurthy in their family-run Malar Hospitals.

Tight security arrangements were made by police in view of the high-profile wedding, attended by former Sri Lankan captain, Arjuna Ranatunga and present players Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vass and former Indian players, Robin Singh, T A Sekar, Aashish Kapoor, besides others.

Since making his debut for Sri Lanka at the age of 20, Muralitharan has claimed 532 wickets in 91 Tests at an average of 22.86, the best figure being 9 for 51 against Zimbabwe at Kandy during 2001-02. He is also an Ambassador of Peace of the United Nations.

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