MURALI SCALES PEAK 800

MURALI SCALES PEAK 800

Post by Dr. Jai Mahar » Sat, 24 Jul 2010 09:37:11

Murali scales peak 800

PTI
The Pioneer
Friday, July 23, 2010

Galle - Shri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday
became the first bowler to take 800 Test wickets, reaching the
milestone in the last Test of his illustrous cricket career.

The 38-year-old spin wizard got Indian tail-ender Pragyan Ojha caught
at slip by Mahela Jayawardene to reach the magical figure, which puts
him several pedestals above his contemporaries.

Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara said any effort to find another
Murailtharan would prove futile as world cricket will never see a
bowler like the fascinating off-spinner. "I am never going to go
around looking for another Murali. Because you are never going to
find (any). He has played 18 magnificent years of Test cricket. He
has been the best bowler who has played the game. He has done so much
for the team and for the country. For me leading a side minus Murali
is a loss," he said.

The enigmatic off-spinner needed eight wickets going into the match
and as he marched towards the mark, he was made to feel special by
some emotional gestures along the way from both the Indian and Shri
Lankan players.

He was given a guard of honour on the third day of the rain-hit match
by both the teams and firecrackers were set off at the start of play
everyday to celebrate his acheivement.

His entire family turned to watch him get to the record on the final
day and no less then President Mahinda Rajapakse flew in to
congratulate him.

Rajapakse, who met players from both the Indian and Shri Lankan
teams, presented a special memento to Muralitharan to show his
admiration for the iconic cricketer. Australian leg spinner Shane
Warne is the second highest wicket-taker in the top-10 list with 708
scalps but now that he has retired, Muralitharan's record would be
unmatched for a long time to come.

Firecrackers went off at the start of every day's play to celebrate
Muralitharan's stupendous career and watched by his family, he ended
with an amazing tally of 800 wickets in 133 Tests and 515 wickets in
337 ODIs.

Although Muralitharan will no longer play Tests, he has kept open the
option of playing the 2011 ODI World Cup, to be co-hosted by Shri
Lanka along with India and Bangladesh.

The off-spinner, who was called for throwing by a few umpires during
his illustrious career, has been one of the most talked about players
in contemporary cricket.

Muralitharan is one of the most successful bowlers in the history of
the game but controversies were an integral part of his career.

The cricketer, who made his debut in 1992 against Australia, had the
world cricket debating about his unorthodox and weird bowling action.

Right from the beginning of his career, his action came under the
scanner and three years after making his debut he was called for
throwing during the 1995-96 Australia tour by umpire Darrel Hair. The
ICC recommended a biomechanical analysis at the University of Western
Australia and concluded that his action created the optical illusion
of throwing'.

The matter did not end there and he was charged with suspected action
in the 1998-99 Australia tour and this time Ross Emerson had doubts
about his action.

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Pround moment for Hindus

By Ananthsagar on 7/22/2010 3:36:18 PM

This is proud moment for Hindus. Highest run scorer in test cricket
Shri Sachin Tendulkar is a Hindu and Highest wicket taker in test
cricket Shri Muthiah Muralitharan is also a Hindu.

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