Muttiah Muralitharan

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Name Muttiah Muralitharan
Nickname Murali
Profession Cricket Player
Date of Birth 17th April 1972
Birth Place Nattaranpotta, Kundasale in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Height 5’7″
Weight 60 Kg
Nationality Srilankan
Marriage Date March 21, 2005
Family Father – Sinnasamy Muttiah (Businessman)
Wife – Madhimalar
Son – Naren
Grandfather (Paternal) – Periyasamy Sinasamy
Father-in-law – Dr S. Ramamurthy
Mother-in-law – Dr Nithya Ramamurthy
Education College – St Anthony’s College, Katugastota
Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Kandurata, Kent, Lancashire, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Style Batting : Right-hand bat
Bowling : Right hand off-breaks
Debut Smiling Assassin
Trademark Toothy grin
Considered as Greatest off-spin bowler in cricket history
Chief weapons * Big-spinning off-break
* Two versions of the top-spinner
* Super-flexible wrist
* Special ball ‘Doosra’ spins in the opposite direction to his stock ball.
Controversy about his bowling * In 1996 the ICC cleared him after biomechanical analysis at the University of Western Australia and at the University of Hong Kong.
* It was concluded that his action created the ‘optical illusion of throwing’.
* He was called for chucking on the 1998-99 tour to Australia and cleared again.
Ambassador for United Nations World Food Program
Early dream Reaching 700 test wickets
Quote “The best thing we can give children is education. This will equip them when they grow up to become full citizens of their country”
About him Simon Barnes:
“Muralitharan is a truly great cricketer.”

Madhimalar (Wife):
“He is such a simple and down to earth person that I liked him immediately. He is always smiling and makes you feel so comfortable.”

Records * The highest number of international wickets in Tests and ODIs
* The most 10-wicket hauls in a match at Test level (20).
* Only player to take 10 wickets/match against every Test playing nation.
* The most 5-wicket hauls in an innings at Test level (60).
* Fastest to 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650 and 700 Test wickets, in terms of matches played.
* Only player to take 10 wickets in a Test in four consecutive matches and he has achieved this feat twice.
* Only player to take 50 or more wickets against every Test playing nation.
* He and Jim Laker (England) are the only bowlers to have taken atleast 9 wickets in a Test innings twice.
* Only bowler to take 7 wickets in an innings against the most countries (5).
* He and Jacques Kallis are the only bowlers to receive the most number of ‘Man of the Match’ awards in test cricket (18).
* Third player to take more than 700 test wickets.
* First spinner to reach 746 Test wickets.
* Second in the list of all time wicket takers in both Test cricket and One-Day International cricket.
* First player to pick up a stunning 1000 international wickets.
Facts * He is a Sri Lankan Tamil whose origin is in India.
* His Grandfather came to Sri Lanka to work in Tea Plantations.
* His father is involved in making biscuits.
* His wife has done MBS and she is Director In Charge of Malar Hospital, Chennai, TamilNadu.
* He became the quickest bowler from any county to achieve 100 Championship wickets, after playing just 12 matches.
* He was named as the leading player in the world by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (2006).

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