Muthiah Muralidaran

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: April 17, 1972, Kandy
Height: 5ft 7in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Muthiah Muralidaran Bio

Muthiah Muralidaran is a name that resonates with the cricketing world. Born on April 17, 1972, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Murali, as he is fondly known, is regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers to have ever graced the game. However, his career has not been without its fair share of controversy and polarized opinions.

Coming from a family with confectionery interests, Murali’s journey into the world of cricket began to take shape during a tour game against Australia in 1992-93. It was during this match that he caught the attention of the cricketing world, particularly when the legendary Allan Border struggled to pick his deliveries. Murali’s unique action, characterized by a deformed elbow, exceptionally supple wrists, and swift shoulder rotation, allowed him to turn the ball more sharply than most orthodox finger-spinners.

Despite his exceptional talent, Murali’s career was marred by controversies surrounding his bowling action. Darrell Hair accused him of throwing during a match on Boxing Day in 1995, and three years later, Ross Emerson followed suit. These accusations led to debates about the legitimacy of Murali’s bowling action and the subsequent changes in the laws of the game to accommodate his unique technique.

However, Murali’s brilliance could not be overshadowed by the controversies. He held an uncanny ability to bamboozle batsmen on any surface and was the go-to man for Sri Lanka in both home and away matches. His mastery of the doosra, a delivery that spun the opposite way or held its line, solidified his reputation as one of the all-time great spinners, even rivaling Shane Warne in terms of wicket-taking ability.

Over his illustrious career, Murali played a vital role in many of Sri Lanka’s most significant cricketing moments. As part of the team that won the World Cup in 1996, he showcased his skills and played a crucial role in guiding Sri Lanka to the final eleven years later. One of his most memorable performances was at The Oval in 1998, where he took 16 wickets to single-handedly dismantle the English batting lineup.

Murali’s impact extended beyond the cricket field. Despite being the only Tamil player in the side during a time of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, he became a unifying force for the country. His shyness gradually transformed into a quiet confidence and a wry sense of humor. Murali invested significant time, energy, and money into the reconstruction efforts following the devastating tsunami in 2004, earning admiration and respect from people around the world.

With an impressive record, Murali finished his Test career with over 800 wickets, the most by any bowler in the history of the game. He averaged less than 30 runs per wicket in every country, except India and Australia, and took more than 100 wickets each against India, England, and South Africa. His contributions to the sport earned him numerous accolades, including Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2000 and ICC Player of the Year in 2001 and 2006.

Despite the differing opinions surrounding his career, Murali’s legacy as one of the greatest spinners of all time remains intact. His unique bowling action and remarkable achievements have left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. Muthiah Muralidaran will always be remembered as a true icon of the game, who overcame challenges, captivated audiences, and inspired generations with his passion, skill, and perseverance.

Muthiah Muralidaran Career Stats

Muthiah Muralidaran Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 133 164 56 1261 67 11.67 1794 70.28 0 1 146 29 72 0
T20Is 12 2 0 1 1 0.5 5 20 0 0 0 0 1 0
ODIs 350 162 63 674 33* 6.8 869 77.56 0 0 50 12 130 0
FC 232 276 83 2192 67 11.35 - - 0 1 - - 123 0
List A 453 205 76 945 33* 7.32 - - 0 0 - - 159 0
T20s 164 38 14 81 11 3.37 110 73.63 0 0 3 2 31 0

Muthiah Muralidaran Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 133 230 44039 18180 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55 45 67 22
T20Is 12 12 282 297 13 3/29 3/29 22.84 6.31 21.6 0 0 0
ODIs 350 341 18811 12326 534 7/30 7/30 23.08 3.93 35.2 15 10 0
FC 232 - 66933 26997 1374 9/51 - 19.64 2.42 48.7 - 119 34
List A 453 - 23734 15270 682 7/30 7/30 22.39 3.86 34.8 17 12 0
T20s 164 164 3705 3945 179 4/16 4/16 22.03 6.38 20.6 3 0 0

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