23 July, 2010


It is a remarkable feat that Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka has taken his 800th Test wicket on his last ball as a player. The next highest wicket taker is Shane Warne at 708, the highest Englishman Ian Botham at 383 and the highest of any bowler still playing Harbajan Singh of India at 355.

It is a feat which many pundits think can never be repeated. I disagree, and look forward to some new, exciting talent in the future.

Murali is a charming guy and a wonderful ambassador for cricket and his home country. There were questions about his bowling action at the start of his career which he saw off with good humour, and I hope he will help young Sri Lankans long into the future.

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