Full Name Muttiah Muralitharan
Born April 17, 1972
Kandy
Age 45 Years, 3 Months, 10 Days
National Side Sri Lanka
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Teams Played Sri Lanka, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Central Province, Gloucestershire, Kandurata, Kent, Lancashire, Rest of the World, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wellington, Young Sri Lanka, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Melbourne Renegades, Chittagong Vikings, Uthura Rudras, Jamaica Tallawahs, Sachins Blasters
Man of the Match Test - 19, ODI - 13, World Cup - 1, T20I - 0, IPL - 2, CL - 0,
Career Span [Test, 1992 - 2010], [ODI, 1993 - 2011], [World Cup, 1996 - 2011], [T20I, 2006 - 2010], [IPL, 2008 - 2014], [CL, 2010],

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 Muralidaran was quickly nicknamed the “smiling assassin”.

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Muttiah Muralitharan Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 133 164 56 1261 67 v IND 0 1 146 29 11.67 70.28 72 0
ODI 350 162 63 674 33* v BAN 0 0 50 12 6.80 77.56 130 0
World Cup 40 13 5 69 16 v IND 0 0 8 1 8.62 97.18 13 0
T20I 12 2 0 1 1 v PAK 0 0 0 0 0.50 20.00 1 0
IPL 66 9 3 20 6 v JAI 0 0 1 0 3.33 66.66 15 0
CL 6 0 0 - - 0 0 0 0 - 0.00 4 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 230 7339.5 1794 18180 800 9/51 v ZIM 51 67 22.72 2.47 55.04
ODI 341 3135.1 198 12326 534 7/30 v IND 43 10 23.08 3.93 35.22
World Cup 39 343.3 15 1335 68 4/19 v IRE 7 0 19.63 3.88 30.30
T20I 12 47 0 297 13 3/29 v WI 1 0 22.84 6.31 21.69
IPL 66 254 1 1696 63 3/11 v BLR 5 0 26.92 6.67 24.19
CL 6 23.1 0 132 12 3/16 v WAR 1 0 11.00 5.69 11.58

Muttiah Muralitharan Profile

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 Muralidaran 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 Muralidaran as he was pulled up for a suspect action on several occasions.

Muralidaran’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. Muralidaran was then signed by the Bangalore for the fifth season and they retained him in the seventh season. Muralidaran was also a part of the now-defunct Kochi team previously.

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