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22 July 2010: On this day 7 years ago Sri Lanka Legend Muttiah Muralitharan retired from Test Cricket

Muttiah Muralitharan retired from test cricket on final day of test match against India after taking his 800th wicket on 22 July 2010. He was born on 17 April 1972 always remembered as one of the greatest cricketer of all time.

Statstics of Muralitharan

  Mat Inns Wkts Avg Econ 4w 5w 10
Tests  133 230 800 22.72 2.47 45 67 22
ODIs  350 341 534 23.08 3.93 15 10 0

Test Match

Debut Test Venue Date Wkts Result
AUS Sri Lanka, Colombo 28 Aug-02 Sep 1992 3 Match Drawn


Last Test Venue Date Wkts Result
IND Sri Lanka, Galle 18-22 Jul 2010 8 SL won by 10 wkts


Debut  ODI Venue Date Wkts Result
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Colombo 12-Aug-93 1 SL won by 8 runs


Last ODI Venue Date Wkts Result
India India, Mumbai 02-Apr-11 0 IND won by 6 wkts


Muralitharan’s career was also remembered due to his controversial bowling action which was always analyzed by ICC on gap of different years. Due to an unusual hyperextension of his congenitally bent arm during delivery, his bowling action was called into question on a number of occasions by umpires and sections of the cricket community. After biomechanical analysis under replicated playing conditions, Muralitharan’s action was cleared by the International Cricket Council, first in 1996 and again in 1999. Former Australian Test player Bruce Yardley, who himself was an off spinner in his day, was assigned with the task of ensuring Muralitharan bowled all his deliveries with the same vigour as he would do so in match conditions when tested in 2004. At this stage of his career Muralitharan had not initiated the doosra. The authenticity of his doosra came in notice in year 2004.

 This delivery was found to go above the ICC elbow additional limit by 9 degrees i.e. 5 degrees being the limit for spinners at that time.  Based on official studies into bowling actions, which revealed that 99% of bowlers whose actions were examined exceeded the elbow flexion limits, ICC revised the limits applying to all bowlers in 2005. The new limit of 15-degrees, one degree greater than Muralitharan was bowling his doosra, allowed him to continue without being called for throwing from then on.

In February 2009, after becoming cricket’s highest wicket-taker in both forms of the game Muttiah Muralitharan hinted that he might retire at the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup. He stated “I think I am fit in my body and mind, I am enjoying my cricket and want to play more. But after the next World Cup, I will have nothing left to achieve in the game. The World Cup should mark the end of my career.”  Muralitharan announced his retirement from Test cricket after the first Test against India at Galle which commenced on 18 July 2010. During that match he captured 8 wickets and became the first to reach the milestone of taking 800 Test wickets by dismissing Pragyan Ojha

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