Former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble called Sri Lankan off-break bowler Muttiah Muralitharan"s feat of claiming 800 wickets in Test cricket on Thursday, as an 'unparalleled' achievement which would take a long time and uncommon skill to be overhauled.
Kumble's comments came at a media interaction held at Bangalore when he said: "It is really amazing that someone like Murali has been able to achieve that. I think it will remain unparalleled. I am not sure if anyone will be able to achieve 800 Test wickets in as many Test matches that I have played. He took 200 more wickets than what I ended up with. It is a great achievement, and I have sent my congratulatory messages to Murali."
In the final day between India and Sri Lanka, Muralitharan had reached the 800- wicket mark in his final Test match of his career.
However, Murali is expected to continue playing ODIs (one day internationals), including the 2011 World Cup to be staged in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
Highlighting the excellence in Muralitharan's craft, which made him a formidable opponent in Cricket, Kumble maintained that he was an inspiration to all the upcoming talents of the sport, according to ANI reports
"He is an exceptional bowler. He has got a quality that no one else has, on any surface, he has come on (the scene) and done the job. (Even this time) on the first day, he had to literally take Sri Lanka through and put the pressure on the opponents. All these years, I am sure whenever a team played against Sri Lanka, the one topic of discussion was Murali. From next time onwards, India would be a bit more relieved," Kumble stated according to ANI reports.
Apart from the 800 wickets in 133 Tests at an average of 22.72, Murali also scored 1261 runs. His highest score was 67 runs.
Muttiah's record haul is not expected to be broken anytime soon, as the next highest Test wicket taker is the Australian spinning wizard, Shane Warne, with 708 wickets.