That was the first legal delivery he bowled — that's my personal opinion.
— Dion Ebrahim reacts to the orthodox legbreak he received from Muttiah Muralitharan on the first day at Bulawayo. He was handed a one-Test ban for his observation.
Yes. They proved it in Perth, too, with that [biomechanics video] thing.
— The Australian prime minister John Howard's reply when asked whether Muralitharan throws.
Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream / Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair ... No Ball!
— The Barmy Army serenades Muttiah Muralitharan to the tune of "Row Row Row..."
A ****ing cheat, a ****ing chucker
— Nasser Hussain's alleged welcome to Muttiah Muralitharan as he came out to bat at Kandy. Muralitharan reported the incident to the match referee, but no action was taken.
Murali will complete 1000 Test wickets, but they would count as mere run-outs in my eyes.
— Bishan Bedi