Galle: Muttiah Muralitharan claimed his 800th wicket in Test Cricket and ended his illustrious career on a high note. Leading international wicket taker in both Test and One-day format of the game Murali says goodbye to Test Cricket as the final day between India and Sri Lanka concludes.
Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka on April 17, 1972, Muralitharan has been one of the most successful cricketers in the game. A charming man as his teammates knew him to be will be missed by the whole cricketing world.
Muttiah Muralitharan is the first and only Tamil of Indian origin to represent Sri Lanka in international cricket according to wikipedia.org.
His bowling actioned had come under scanner in the year 1996 when he was no-balled by Australian umpire Ross Emerson for his action calling him a chucker.
but was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and again in the year 1999.
On Feb 5, 2009 he also overtook Pakistan's Wasim Akram as the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals, he has a total of 515 wickets in one day format.
From being the first Sri Lankan to take 100 test wickets and becoming the highest ever wicket taker in World Cricket, the ace off spinner has come a long way.
On March. 16, 2004 he became the fastest and youngest bowler to reach 500 wickets during the second Test against Australia in Kandy. Muralitharan had reached the landmark just four days after Australia's Shane Warne had done so on the fifth day of the first Test.
He had previously held the highest wicket-take record when he surpassed Courtney Walsh"s 519 wickets in 2004, but he suffered a shoulder injury later that year and was then overtaken by Warne.
Then again returning to international cricket after injurey, Muralitharan reclaimed the highest wicket-taker title in Test cricket when he overtook the previous record-holder Shane Warne on 3 December 2007 in the longer version of the game.
Coming into his final Test, he needed eight wickets to reach the magical 800 landmark. With yet another five wicket haul and three wickets in the second innings the off-spinner reached his mark to finish on a high note as the world cricketing fans salutes him as he bids farewell. Muralitharan removed India's Pragyan Ojha on the fifth afternoon with his family watching in the stands at the Galle Stadium to claim the feat.
Most importantly Sri Lanka won the epic encounter to lead the series 1-0.