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Progressive milestones of Murali’s 800 wickets

Muralidaran became the first bowler in the annals of Test cricket to capture 800 wickets when he had PP Ojha caught by DPMD Jayawardene for 13 in the second innings of this Test.

 

Progressive milestones of his 800 wickets read thus:

 

First Wicket: CJ McDermott of Australia – lbw for 9 at Col-RPS in Aug 1992 in his first Test.

 

100th wicket: SP Fleming of New Zealand – bowled for 59 at Hamilton in Mar 1997 in his 27th Test.

 

200th wicket: DG Cork of England – caught by RS Kaluwitharana for 8 at The Oval in Aug 1998 in his 42nd Test.

 

300th wicket: SM Pollock of South Africa – caught by TM Dilshan for 11 at Durban in Dec 2000 in his 58th Test.

 

400th wicket: HK Olanga of Zimbabwe – bowled for zero at Galle in Jan 2002 in his 72nd Test.

 

500th wicket: MS Kasprowicz of Australia –bowled for zero at Kandy in Mar 2004 in his 87th Test.

 

600th wicket: Khaled Mashud of Bangladesh - caught by SL Malinga for 6 at Bogra in Mar 2006 in his 101st Test.

 

700th wicket: Syed Rasel of Bangladesh – caught by MF Mahroof for 6 at Kandy in Jul 2006 in his 113rd Test.

 

800th wicket: PP Ojha of India – caught by DPMD Jayawardene for 13 at Galle in Jul 2010 in his 133rd Test.

 

It is by statistical coincidence that Muralidaran has captured his 400th and 800th wickets in a Test match played at Galle.

 

Break up of Muralidaran's 800 wickets country-wise read thus: vs Australia {59}, vs Bangladesh {89}, vs England {112}, vs India {105}, vs New Zealand {82}, vs Pakistan {80}, vs South Africa {104}, vs West Indies {82} and vs Zimbabwe {87}.

 

Break up of Muralidaran's 67 five wicket haul country-wise read thus: vs Australia {05}, vs Bangladesh {11}, vs England {08}, vs India {07}, vs New Zealand {05}, vs Pakistan {05}, vs South Africa {11}, vs West Indies {09} and vs Zimbabwe {06}.

 

Break up of Muralidaran's 22 ten wicket hauls country-wise read thus: vs Australia {01}, vs Bangladesh {04}, vs England {04}, vs India {02}, vs New Zealand {01}, vs Pakistan {01}, vs South Africa {04}, vs West Indies {03} and vs Zimbabwe {02}.

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