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Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan

Age 52Sri LankaSRI LANKA
Off break Bowler

Skill, magic and determination are words that clearly define the career of this spin wizard from the island of Sri Lanka. Born and brought up in the cultural capital of the island, Kandy, this right arm off spinner with a rather unorthodox bowling action made quick inroads into the national side playing his first Test at the age of 20. Known for his ability to turn the ball on any given surface and his continuous enthusiasm for the game, Muttiah Muralitharan was quickly nicknamed the “smiling assassin”.

“Murali” broke into the scheme of things in 1992 in a Test against Australia where he picked up wickets of batsmen of the repertoire of Mark Waugh and Tom Moody, and also featured in the 1996 world cup winning side. He rocked the cricketing world in 1998 when he took Sri Lanka to their first Test victory in England against the home side with figures of 7 for 155 and 9 for 65 at the Oval. The maestro continued his brilliance with the ball as he took 6 for 87 and 7 for 84 against South Africa at Galle in the year 2000 dismissing all eleven batsmen over two innings. Murali played a crucial role with the ball to take his side to the finals of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. All was not rosy in the cricketing life of Muralitharan as he was pulled up for a suspect action on several occasions.

Muralitharan’s most striking facet is his bowling action which features a combination of shoulder strength, a quick arm and wrist, and a slightly bent elbow. The action has been bitter-sweet for the off-spinner making him susceptible to allegations of bowling with an illegal action and reaping rewards in the form of 800 Test wickets. Murali’s delivery the ‘doosra’, the one that doesn’t turn but goes straight on is one of the biggest reasons for his overall success as a bowler and has been his weapon of mass destruction. Following the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he announced his retirement from international cricket. He has plied his trade for all the domestic T20 leagues worldwide and remains a hot property till date. Muralitharan was then signed by the Bengaluru for the fifth season and they retained him in the seventh season. Muralitharan was also a part of the now-defunct Kochi team previously.

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Teams
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
  • defaultAsia XI
  • defaultICC World XI
  • defaultCentral Province
  • defaultGloucestershire
  • defaultKandurata
  • defaultKent
  • defaultLancashire
  • defaultRest of the World
  • defaultSri Lankan Invitation XI
  • defaultTamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
  • defaultWellington Firebirds
  • defaultYoung Sri Lanka
  • Royal Challengers BengaluruRoyal Challengers Bengaluru
  • Chennai Super KingsChennai Super Kings
  • defaultKochi Tuskers Kerala
  • defaultMelbourne Renegades
  • defaultChattogram Challengers
  • defaultUthura Rudras
  • defaultJamaica Tallawahs
  • defaultSachins Blasters
  • defaultSri Lanka Legends
  • defaultAsia Lions
  • defaultWorld Giants
  • defaultManipal Tigers
  • defaultOne Family

Match Results

Muttiah Muralitharan Statistics

Debut
Sri Lanka vs India on Aug 12, 1993
Last
Sri Lanka vs India on Apr 02, 2011
Debut
Sri Lanka vs Australia on Aug 28, 1992
Last
Sri Lanka vs India on Jul 18, 2010
Debut
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand on Dec 22, 2006
Last
Sri Lanka vs Australia on Oct 31, 2010
Debut
Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings on Apr 19, 2008
Last
Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders on May 22, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
350674006.8077.56
Highest Runs33
Balls Faced16
On DateJan 16, 09
AgainstBangladeshBAN

Muttiah Muralitharan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
3503135.153423.0835.223.93
Wickets Taken7
Runs30
On DateOct 27, 00
AgainstIndiaIND

Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
130022
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Muttiah Muralitharan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
13312611011.6770.28
Highest Runs67
Balls Faced65
On DateAug 22, 01
AgainstIndiaIND

Muttiah Muralitharan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
1337339.580022.7255.042.47
Wickets Taken9
Runs51
On DateJan 04, 02
AgainstZimbabweZIM

Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
7205
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Muttiah Muralitharan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
121000.5020.00
Highest Runs1
Balls Faced4
On DateAug 12, 09
AgainstPakistanPAK

Muttiah Muralitharan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
12471322.8421.696.31
Wickets Taken3
Runs29
On DateJun 19, 09
AgainstWest IndiesWI

Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
100
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Muttiah Muralitharan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
6620003.3366.66
Highest Runs6
Balls Faced8
On DateApr 15, 12
AgainstRajasthan RoyalsRR

Muttiah Muralitharan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
662546326.9224.196.67
Wickets Taken3
Runs11
On DateApr 20, 09
AgainstRoyal Challengers BengaluruRCB

Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
1502
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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