Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan celebrates his 48th birthday today. In a span of 19 years Muralitharan has many glory in his caps. The mystery spinner is one of the greatest to step into the field. Muralitharan made his test debut against Australia in 1992 and ODI debut against India in 1993. At a time when the fierce fast bowlers were all over, the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne brought a new dimension into the cricket field.
In 2002, Muttiah was honoured with greatest test match bowler by Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack. Muttiah Muralitharan acquired the number one spot in 2004, and continued to stay in top for 1,711 days or 214 matches. Muralitharan holds the record of most international wickets. In span of 19 years, he took 1347 International wickets.
Muralitharan is also the leading spin bowling wicket taker in ICC Men Cricket World Cup. In 2017 Murali was honoured with ICC Hall Of Fame, and became the only Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into it. Muralitharan is highest test match wicket taker, with 800 wickets. Muralitharan sporting career was also surrounded with many controversies, because of his unusual bowling action. After biomechanical analysis under stipulated bowling conditions, Muttiah was cleared by International Cricket Council in 1996.
Muralitharan is also the head bowling coach of Suneisers Hyderabad, and was also a part of Chennai Super Kings. Muttiah retired from test cricket in 2010 and from the ODI Cricket In 2011, after SL lost to India in World Cup final.