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Muralidharan becomes 1st bowler to claim 800 test wickets!!

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  1. chakra

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    GALLE: Sri Lanka's spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan claimed a record 800 Test wickets as India were bundled out for 338 in their second innings on Day 5 of the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka on Thursday.

    Player Profile: Muttiah Muralitharan | Muttiah Muralitharan factfile

    The 38-year-old Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in tests and one-day internationals, dismissed Pragyan Ojha to reach the milestone in his final Test match appearance.

    In his final Test, Muralitharan picked up his 67th five-wicket haul and forced India to follow-on after they had resumed their first innings at 140/3 on Wednesday.

    Having dismissed Tendulkar in the first innings on the third day, Muralitharan added the wickets of Yuvraj (52), skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33) and tailenders Pragyan Ojha and Abhimanyu Mithun.

    Galle has been Muralitharan's favorite hunting ground, where he has taken 103 wickets in 14 matches with an average of 18.

    Muralitharan made his Test debut in 1992 against Australia in Colombo and has since taken 22, 10-wicket hauls. He has taken five wickets in a Test innings on a record 67 occasions.

    Muralitharan's 18-year career was marred by controversy due to his bent-arm action -- the result of an elbow deformity since birth -- which helped him impart considerable turn and bounce even on the most placid wickets.

    The unusual action sparked uproar in the cricket world, especially in Australia where umpires no-balled him for throwing and former prime minister John Howard once called him a "chucker".

    Muralitharan's action first came under the microscope when Australian umpire Darrel Hair called him for throwing during Sri Lanka's tour Down Under in 1995-96.

    He was called again during a later tour of Australia in 1998-99 but was subsequently cleared after further tests.
    But the International Cricket Council, which carried out bio-mechanical tests on the bowler, cleared him of a suspect action.

    Affectionately known as Murali, the off-spinner is the most successful bowler in history with record hauls in both Test (800) and one-day (515) cricket.
     
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    Congrats Murali...:toast_sign:

    Even though he is a Sri lankan I have a special place in my heart for him as he is a Tamil,he is from my caste and more importantly he is the Son-in-law of Tamil Nadu (his wife is from TN)
     
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    Congratulations Murali!
    You are a great bowler.:victory::yahoo::yahoo:
     
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    Can anybody suggest even one bowler in current generation who has capability to even match, if not cross, the milestone of this great bowler??
     
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    Congrats to murali he is truely legend and congrats to all srilankans andall members here from srilanka
     
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    Never i have hoped for an indian defeat before. His achievment brings as much happiness in me as an indian win.
     
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    Really a Great Bowler ..

    A Mile Stone of 800

    Congratz !
     
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    i don't consider him as a legend. he was a sure shot chucker. he got most of the wicket on sri lankan pitches against weaker teams like bangladesh and zimbabwe. srilanka wasn't able to win a single test against australia, south africa and india away home. he got most of his wicket on tailor made wicket of sri lanka. i consider shane warne much above him. he got most of his wickets on seamer friendly wicket having glenn mcgarth and gillespie who also took a lot of wickets gave less chances to warne to gget more wickets
     
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    Saqlain Mushtaq had potential to achieve similar milestone but injuries and later on Shoaib Malik's batting performance kept him away :cry:

    Congrats Murli, you sure are 1 one of the three best bowlers of 1990s (Warne, Murli and Saqlain)
     
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    ooh thats a great landmark.... 800 wickets Wow!! :bounce:

    Congrats to Murali on this great milestone.... he the greatest spinner of all time in cricket history.... :tup: