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Magic show: Tracking Muralitharan’s triumphs and controversies

Tracking Muralitharan’s triumphs and controversies.

cricket Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:38 IST
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Magic show: Tracking Muralitharan’s triumphs and controversies

* 1972: Born in Kandy, April 17.

* 1991: Makes it to Sri Lanka A's tour to England.

* 1992: Makes his Test debut against Australia in Colombo.

* 1995: Is no-balled by umpire Darrell Hair for throwing in Melbourne Test against Australia .

* 1996: No-balled in Brisbane Test against Australia by umpire Ross Emerson for throwing.

* 1996: Bowling action cleared by International Cricket Council.

* 1998: Takes nine for 65 against England at The Oval.

* 1999: Joins Lancashire and takes 66 wickets in just six County Championship games.

* 1999: No-balled again for throwing by Emerson in Brisbane Test against Australia; action once again cleared by ICC.

* 2001: Becomes fastest ever bowler to take 350 Test wickets, achieving the feat in 66 matches.

* 2002: Takes nine for 51 in first innings of second Test against Zimbabwe in Kandy.

* 2004: March - Becomes third bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets, during second Test against Australia.

May — Becomes highest wicket-taker in Test history, overtaking Courtney Walsh's 519 victims.

* 2006: March — Takes 600th Test wicket in second Test against Bangladesh in Bogra a week after becoming first man to reach 1,000 in international cricket.

* 2006: June - Takes eight for 70 to help Sri Lanka win by 134 runs to level the npower Test series against England at Trent Bridge.

* 2007: March/April - Takes 23 wickets at World Cup to help Sri Lanka to final.

July - With last of 26 wickets in three-Test series against Bangladesh, on his home ground at Kandy, becomes second player —after his great spin rival Shane Warne — to reach 700 Test wickets.

December 3 - Back at Kandy again, Murali bowls Paul Collingwood to go above Warne as Test cricket's leading all-time wicket-taker with 709.

* 2008: July - Takes 11 for 110 as Sri Lanka win the first Test against India in Colombo in a match which featured a debut of a new spin sensation, Ajantha Mendis.

* 2009: February 5 - Takes 503rd one-day international wicket against India, breaking Wasim Akram's record.

February 21 - Takes 770th Test wicket against Pakistan in Karachi.

July 30 - Takes 507th ODI wicket against Pakistan in Dambulla; announces he plans to retire from Test cricket after the November 2010 series against West Indies.

* 2010: July 6 - Brings forward date of retirement to end of first Test against India, which begins July 18.

July 22 - Becomes first bowler to take 800 Test wickets.

First Published: Jul 23, 2010 00:35 IST