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Muralitharan believes someone will break his Test record one day

June 9, 2011 - London

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes that some genius will break his 800 Test wicket record.

Now playing Twenty20 cricket for Gloucestershire for the next wo years, Murali said:"When Fred Trueman took his 300th Test wicket, he said whoever breaks this record will be a tired man, but so many people have gone past that and 800 is the new target."

"I'm not too tired, just a few injuries and niggles. But I definitely see someone breaking my record. Don Bradman's Test average will stand for ever but one day some genius will come along and take more wickets than me," he adds.

The man has taken a phenomenal 800 Test wickets and 534 one-day international wickets. He has a legion of friends among teammates and, significantly, opponents.

There is the strength of character that he showed firstly as the only Tamil in a team from an island devastated by civil war and then in his own personal battle at the hands of Australian umpires Darrell Hair and Ross Emerson.

When they called Murali for chucking at the MCG and the Adelaide Oval in the Nineties his very future was uncertain. But he proved beyond reasonable scientific doubt that his action was legal and marched on with that permanent almost cheeky grin.

"When I started, I never thought anything like all this would happen to me. I thought I might play in a couple of Tests and one-dayers but then, things began to go right for me. There were a lot of obstacles but they made me stronger. I love the game and from there you learn how to overcome those obstacles. If you are weak it means you are not fighting and the only way to succeed is if you fight," Murali said.

Now, he is heavily involved in a charitable foundation that has done much for the victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and more recently children in the north of the island.

"I always believed as a cricketer you shouldn't be arrogant or unfriendly. That's most important."

"It's better to be remembered as a good person more than a good cricketer. You must be nice to the fans because without them there would be no game. Some people do things in a different way but I like my way," the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.


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