July 22, 2010

King of records Murali ended his Test cricket with a huge record

Photograph of Muralithran taken in 2004Image via Wikipedia
Master of spinbowling the spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan made his retirement from test cricket in style with the record of reaching 800 wickets, first test cricketer to reach this mile stone. Muralitharan announced first Test against India in Galle, as his last test with just short of 8 wickets to reach the magical mark of 800 wickets in test cricket. A man of confidence who troubled the smile of great batsmen for nearly 18 years, yet again troubled the confidence of the India’s strong batting line up which resulted in 5-63 bowling figures in first innings. With these 5 wickets he made sure that he needed just three wickets in the second innings to reach the magic mark. Nothing prevented the gentle man cricketer who replied the controversies against him with his records, in reaching yet another record of 800 wickets. He made his last test match a memorable one by taking a wicket in the last ball of his test cricket journey. In the second innings he claimed 3 wickets to become the first cricketer to reach 800 wickets. He might retire from Test cricket but as long as cricket exists, as long as history exists truly he will be considered as one of the great champion cricketer and a smiling cricket hero.
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