Muttiah Muralitharan - The Spin King!
One of the greatest ever bowler from Sri Lanka. His records speak a lot.
The Sri Lankan Champion Born on April 17th 1972 in Kandy Sri Lanka was rated as one of the greatest test bowler by Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack in 2002. He has almost achieved all the records may that be the Odi or the test match cricket and in 2009 he took the wicket of Gambhir to surpass Wasim Akram’s record of 501 wickets in ODI’s. He retired from Test cricket in 2010 registering his 800th wicket in his last test match.
Early Life :
The Champion bowler was born in a village Nattarampotha in Kundasale near Kandy and he was the eldest of the 4 sons. When he was nine years old, he was sent to St. Anthony’s collage kandy, there he started his cricketing career as a medium pace bowler but on the advice of his school coach Sunil Fernando he took up the off spin bowling and he went to be quite successful with that style of bowling. In 1990/91 he picked up the Bata School Boy Cricketer of the year.
After leaving school he joined Tamil Union cricket and Athletic club and he was selected for Sri Lanka A that was touring England in 1991 but that went to be a failure for Murali since he was not able to pick any wickets. But he soon came back in a practice game against Australia and went on to make his test debut at Premadasa Stadium.
More to Know :
He later married Madhimalar a chennai girl and marriage happened on 2005 and they both have a son named a Naren born on 2006. Murali also holds a Overseas Citizenship of India and he does not need a visa for traveling India since his family orginates from India.
Teams Apart from Sri Lanka :
In Sri Lanka Murali has played for Tamil Union cricket and Athletic Club and for Central Province apart from that,
In Australia : He has played for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC Big Bash League
In England : He has played for Lancashire and for Kent
In India : He has played for Chennai Super Kings, then later on he moved to Kochi Tuskers Kerala and then he was bought by RCB.
Murali’s records were exceptional and as said earlier he was rated as the top most bowler leaving apart his controversies with his bowling action. The doosra is still unplayable and even the best batsmen in the world fail to read it.
Murali took 800 test wickets at an average of 22.72 in 133 tests and then later on retired once he took his 800th test wicket and his best bowling in test was 9/51 against Zimbabwe in 2002
In Odi’s Murali took 534 wickets at an average of 23.08 in 350 matches and his best bowling was 7/30 against India.
Murali’s last test match was against India in 2010 and his last ODI was also against India in 2012.
Having a player like Murali in RCB is a great Honor to the side and that also brings a lot of experience to the side as well. Hope he remains with Rcb for a longer period.