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Muttiah Muralitharan

About Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri Lanka cricket bowler (spinner). He plays for the Chennai Super Kings team in the Indian Premier League.

Personal Biography

Muralitharan, an ethnic Tamil, is wedded to Madhimalar, a Chennai-based doctor since 2005.

Professional Biography

Muralitharan holds the record for the most number of wickets in Tests. Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has predicted that that Muralitharan will capture 1000 Test wickets before he retires from international cricket. In December 07, Muralitharan took the wicket of Paul Collingwood to become Test cricket's leading wicket-taker having claimed 709 wickets from 116 matches. By that time, Murali has claimed 61-five-wicket hauls and 10 or more wickets in a Test an incredible 20 times. Muralitharan had previously held the world record after surpassing West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh (519 wickets) in 2004, but he was subsequently overtaken by Warne after suffering a shoulder injury that year.

Muralitharan has developed a special delivery called a "doosra" that spins in the opposite direction to his usual off spinner.

His career has been controversial, with umpires no-balling him for chucking the ball during 1995 and 1999 tours of Australia.

The controversy over Muralitharan's action continues despite him being cleared by the ICC after extensive biomechanical tests.

Retirement plans

It is reported that he would retire from Tests at the end of the year and from all forms of international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.

Muttiah Muralitharan in News

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Spin legend Muralitharan says England are poor players of spin
Ace Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has said England are poor players of spin bowling.

England to tackle Ajmal by relying on same tactics used against Muralitharan
England will rely on the same tactics it had used against former Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan to tackle Pakistani spinner Saaed Ajmal in the second Test in the United Arab Emirates.

'Internal politics' has put Sri Lanka cricket in "crisis": Sports Minister
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Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble, resigned as chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on grounds that he did not wish to be a mere a figurehead.

Sri Lanka not looking for 'next Muralitharan', says Sangakkara
Any effort by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to find another Muttiah Muralitharan would prove futile as cricket will never see a bowler like the legendary off-spinner, wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara has said.

Smith, O'Keefe on the lookout for new IPL homes
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Sri Lanka 'will face uphill battle' in South Africa Test series, says Boycott
A shortage of genuine wicket-taking bowlers in the touring Sri Lankan team will mean that South Africa's batsmen will cash in during the upcoming three-Test series, former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said.

Proteas batters may cash in on poor Lankan bowling quality: Boycott
Former England opener and well known commentator Geoffrey Boycott has said that a shortage of genuine, wicket-taking bowlers among the touring Sri Lankans could South Africa's batsmen cashing in during the three-Test series.

'I don't think I'm a Muralitharan or a Warne,' says Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann insists that despite his World No.3 ranking in International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowlers list and World No.3 ranking in ODIs, he cant be compared to spin legends Muttiah Muralitharan or Shane Warne.

Oz city Gold Coast wins bid to host 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast has won the bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a secret ballot in St Kitts and Nevis.

Pakistan expecting 'tough battle' against Sri Lanka in Test series: Mohsin
Pakistan is not taking Sri Lanka 'lightly' on the basis of their recent performances, and is expecting a 'tough battle' in the upcoming Test series in the UAE, Pakistan's interim coach Mohsin Khan has said.

Pak should prepare "seaming tracks" for Test series against Sri Lanka in UAE: Basit Ali
Pakistan should use home advantage and prepare seaming tracks for the Test series against Sri Lanka in the UAE, former Test batsman Basit Ali has said.

Lanka can learn from Clarke: Ranatunga
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has singled out Michael Clarke for praise over his snubbing of Indian Premier League and Big Bash League riches.

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