Deshbandhu Muttiah Muralitharan
Deshabandhu Muttiah Muralitharan commonly known as Muttiah Muralitharan is counted as one of the greatest Right-arm off-break bowler of the cricketing world. He touched the biggest mark of taking Test wickets and combined wickets 800 and 1347 respectively. Interestingly, the talismanic star of Sri-Lankan cricket has its roots in India. His grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy shifted to Sri-Lanka from South India in 1920. Murli used to play rugby in school but he joined cricket in his younger days. He left the school when he was called to join Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.
|Nickname:||Murli, Mumu, The Smiling Assassin, Master Technician, Don Bradman of Bowling|
|Height (approx.):||5’ 7”|
|Date of Birth:||17 April 1972|
|Age (as on 2018):||46|
|Birth Place:||Nattarampotha, Kandy (Sri Lanka)|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Aries|
|School:||St Anthony’s College, Kandy|
|Father:||Sinnasamy Muttiah (businessman)|
|Brother:||Muttiah Sridharan, Muttiah Prabhakaran, Muttiah Sasidharan|
|Address:||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Test:||28 August 1992, Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS)|
|ODI:||12 August 1993, Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS)|
|T20:||22 December 2006, New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington|
|Domestic/State Team:||Sri Lanka, Kandurata, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club|
|Nature on field:||calm|
|Likes to play against:||NA|
- Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most Test (800) wickets in the world of cricket.
- He has the most ODI Wickets under his name (534).
- He the highest number of International wickets (1347) combined T20I, ODI and Test.
- He has the most five-wicket haul in an innings in Test (67).
- He has the most Ten wicket haul in a Test Match (22).
- He is the only player who had taken the 10 wicket haul against every Test-playing opposition.
- He is fastest to reach 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700 and 800 Wickets.
- He is the only player who had taken 50 wickets against every Test playing nation.
- He has the joined record of taking 9 wickets in a Test innings twice with Jim Laker.
- In Test cricket, it became a cliche to see batsmen getting bowled by Murlidharan.
- He had been awarded 11 times Man of the Series Award.
- He one of the bowling groups that dismissed all eleven batsmen in a Test match.
- He took most five wickets haul in an international career (77).
- He has most ducks under his name (59).
|Career Turning Point:|
- When Muralitharan was called for the natioanl duty to play against Australia in 1992 for the first time.
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Saqlian Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||NA|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Chinese, seafood, fish, South Indian chicken curry, rice and curry|
|Favourite Actors/ Actresses:||S. Chandrasekar (Tamil actor), Rajinikanth|
|Cars Collection:||Kia Rio|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Wife/Spouse:||R Madhi Malar|
|Marriage Date:||21 March 2005|
|Net Worth:||52 crore|
|Lesser Known Facts|
- He has his rooots in India, his grandfather shifted to Sri-Lanka in 1920.
- He also tried his luck in Rugby in School.
- He awarded Bata schoolboy cricketer of the year’ in school.
- He left his school to join the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic club for Sri-Lanka- A tour to England.
- In 1998, he had hsi best Test match figure of his career 16/220.
- He was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for the Presidential Task Force’ to combat kidney disease.
- Mahela Jaywardhane and Kumar sangarkara are his best friends in Cricket.
- He is the only crickete of the Indian Origin who represented Sri-Lanka.