- Muralitharan played his last test against India in 2010
- Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket
- Muralitharan has 1347 wickets in international cricket.
Just 11 years ago today, Sri Lanka’s legendary spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan set a world record by taking 800 wickets in Test cricket. Muralitharan achieved this feat against India in the 2010 Galle Test.
Muralitharan also said goodbye to Test cricket on 22 July 2010. Just as Sachin Tendulkar set many records in cricket, in the same way Muralitharan made records in bowling instead of batting.
Muralitharan makes 800th Test victim Pragyan Ojha
In his cricket career spanning 18 years, this legendary bowler completed his 800th hunt by getting Pragyan Ojha caught at first slip at the hands of Mahela Jayawardene. There was once a fierce competition in international cricket between Muralitharan and former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.
Shane Warne and Muraleedharan were competing to stay on top
There was a competition between the Sri Lankan off-spinner and the Australian leg-spinner to stay on top, especially in Test cricket. Muralitharan was the third fastest bowler to take 300 wickets in Test cricket. He took a total of 800 wickets in 133 Test matches, including a record 67 five-wicket hauls. That’s 30 more than Warne.
Muralitharan, who was caught in chucking several times, surpassed the record held by Windies legend Courtney Walsh by taking the 520th wicket in the Harare Test against Zimbabwe in 2004. Murali had overtaken Warne in December 2007 by taking 709 wickets in the Kandy Test against England.
Muralitharan played most of the cricket on spin friendly wickets
It is said that Muralitharan played most of the matches in his career on spin friendly wickets. However, his achievements cannot be taken lightly. The Sri Lankan team gave a memorable farewell to Muralitharan after defeating India by 10 wickets in the Galle Test.
Last ODI played against India
After saying goodbye to Tests, Muralitharan continued to play in limited overs cricket. He played his last ODI match against India in the 2011 ICC World Cup final.
Muralitharan has 1347 international wickets
Murali took 534 wickets in 350 ODIs. Right-arm off break bowler Muralitharan has 1347 wickets in international cricket. These include 800 wickets in Tests, 534 in ODIs and 13 wickets in T20s. Muralitharan was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in June 2017.