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Muttiah Muralitharan – The king of spin

Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan is known to be the king of spin. He is among the best bowlers in the cricket world. This Sri Lankan right arm bowler is perhaps the greatest cricketer Sri Lanka has ever produced. His talent has been oozing out. He is excellent with a ball, very few have skills that are equal to what he has. His innate talent for bowling makes him a unique and extra ordinary bowler. Muralitharan has managed to turn many games for his team. This exceptional bowler has made Sri Lanka win some of the most difficult games.

Early Life

Muralitharan is the eldest of the four children and he was born on the on 17th April in 1972 in Kandy. Even as a kid Muralitharan was found of cricket. He was sent to St. Anthony’s College and there he started playing cricket as a medium pace bowler, however, he changed his way of bowling after his coach Sunil Ferrando advised him to become an off-spin bowler. After he finished school, Muralitharan joined Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club from there he was selected for the Sri Lankan team, thus his international career started.

Domestic Career

Muralitharan played his first domestic match in 1991 and he represented the Tamil Union. He represented them again in 2009 and in 2010. In 1992, Muralitharan became part of the Lancashire and he played for them in 2001, 2005 and in 2007. In 2003, he started playing for Kent in 2008 he joined Indian Premier League. He was part of the Chennai Super Kings in 2008 till 2010. In 2011, he represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala and in the same year he played for Gloucestershire. In 2011, he also became a part of Wellington Firebirds and in 2012, he started playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He played for them till 2014. From 2012 to 2014 he also represented Melbourne Renegades and in 2013, he joined Jamaica Tallawahs.

International Career

He made his first Test Debut on 28th August 1992 in a match against Australia. During the match, he got 3 wickets and gave away 141. His last Test match was played on 18th of July in 2010 against India and he performed exceptional well in that match as well. Muralitharan played his first ODI against India on 12th August in 1993 and his last ODI was also against India on 2nd April 2011. He played his first t20 match on 22nd December in 2006 against New Zealand and his last t20 match was against Australia on 31st December 2010.

Muralitharan played 133 test matches in which he took 800 wickets and bowled 44, 039 balls. His bowling average was 22.72 and he took 5 wickets in innings 67 time and 10 wickets innings 22 times. In 350 ODI matches, he bowled 18,811 balls, took 534 wickets with a bowling average of 23.08. He took 5 wickets in one match 10 times and had a bowling best of 7/30. In Test cricket, his bowling best was 9/51, an excellent record.

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