Muttiah Muralidaran - The Winner of 1991 | Sunday Observer

Muttiah Muralidaran - The Winner of 1991

25 April, 2021

In domestic cricket he played for two first-class Sri Lankan sides, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in the Premier Trophy and Central Province in the Provincial Championship.

Muttiah Muralidaran (born 17 April 1972) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Alamanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match. Muralidaran holds the world record for the most wickets in both Test and one-day cricket. Muralidaran is the first wrist-spinning off-spinner in the history of the game and after his many attractive feats with the ball during the inter-school cricket seasons for St.Anthony’s College, Katugastota he was picked Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1991. He was also picked as the Best Bowler too, that year.

World Records and achievements:

  • The most One-Day International wickets (534 wickets).
  • The highest number of international wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20s combined (1320 wickets).
  • The most 5-wicket hauls in an innings at Test level (67).
  • The most 10-wicket hauls in a match at Test level (22). He is the only player to take 10 wickets in a match against every Test playing nation.
  • Only player to take 50 or more wickets against every Test playing nation.
  • Most Test wickets taken bowled (157), stumped (41) and caught & bowled (31).
  • Most successful bowler/fielder (non-wicket keeper) combination-c. Mahela Jayawardene b. Muttiah Muralitharan (77).
  • Most Man of the Series awards in Test cricket (11).
  • Most Test wickets in a single ground. Muralitharan is the only bowler to capture 100-plus Test wickets at three venues, the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo, the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy and the Galle International Stadium in Galle.