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Muttiah Muralitharan

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Central Province, Gloucestershire, Kandurata, Kent, Lancashire, Rest of the World, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wellington, Young Sri Lanka, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Melbourne Renegades, Chittagong Kings, Uthura Rudras, Jamaica Tallawahs
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
April 17, 1972, Kandy

Profile

Skill, magic and determination are words that clearly define the career of this spin wizard from the island of Sri Lanka. Born and brought up in the cultural capital of the island, Kandy, this right arm off spinner with a rather unorthodox bowling action made quick inroads into the national side playing his first Test at the age of 20. Known for his ability to turn the ball on any given surface and his continuous enthusiasm for the game, Muttiah Muralidaran was quickly nicknamed the “smiling assassin”.

“Murali” broke into the scheme of things in 1992 in a Test against Australia where he picked up wickets of batsmen of the repertoire of Mark Waugh and Tom Moody, and also featured in the 1996 world cup winning side. He rocked the cricketing world in 1998 when he took Sri Lanka to their first Test victory in England against the home side with figures of 7 for 155 and 9 for 65 at the Oval. The maestro continued his brilliance with the ball as he took 6 for 87 and 7 for 84 against South Africa at Galle in the year 2000 dismissing all eleven batsmen over two innings. Murali played a crucial role with the ball to take his side to the finals of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. All was not rosy in the cricketing life of Muralidaran as he was pulled up for a suspect action on several occasions.

Muralidaran’s most striking facet is his bowling action which features a combination of shoulder strength, a quick arm and wrist, and a slightly bent elbow. The action has been bitter-sweet for the off-spinner making him susceptible to allegations of bowling with an illegal action and reaping rewards in the form of 800 Test wickets. Murali’s delivery the ‘doosra’, the one that doesn’t turn but goes straight on is one of the biggest reasons for his overall success as a bowler and has been his weapon of mass destruction. Following the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he announced his retirement from international cricket. He has plied his trade for all the domestic T20 leagues worldwide and remains a hot property till date. Muralidaran was then signed by the Bangalore for the fifth season and they retained him in the seventh season. Muralidaran was also a part of the now-defunct Kochi team previously.


Fast Facts

  • Muttiah Muralidaran became the first bowler in history to notch 800 Test wickets.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 133 164 1261 56 11.67 70.28 0 1 67
ODI 350 162 674 63 6.80 77.56 0 0 33*
T20 12 2 1 0 0.50 20.00 0 0 1
IPL 66 9 20 3 3.33 66.66 0 0 6
CLT20 6 0 0 - 0.00 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 133 230 44039 18180 800 9/51 / 22.72 2.47 45 67 22 391
ODI 350 341 18811 12326 534 7/30 / 23.08 3.93 15 10 0 376
T20 12 12 282 297 13 3/29 / 22.84 6.31 0 0 0 10
IPL 66 66 1524 1696 63 3/11 / 26.92 6.67 0 0 0 53
CLT20 6 6 139 132 12 3/16 / 11.00 5.69 0 0 0 6
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 72 0 5
ODI 130 0 22
T20 1 0 0
IPL 15 0 2
CLT20 4 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
1992-2010
 
ODI:
1993-2011
 
T20:
2006-2010
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2010-2010
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Aug 28, 1992
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 18, 2010
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs India at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Aug 12, 1993
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - Apr 02, 2011
T20
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at WestpacTrust Stadium,Wellington - Dec 22, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Oct 31, 2010
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Kolkata at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - May 22, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Warriors at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 26, 2010
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