Get the app

22nd July 2010: Muttiah Muralitharan Bids Adieu With 800

Cricketnext Staff |July 22, 2019, 1:02 AM IST
22nd July 2010: Muttiah Muralitharan Bids Adieu With 800

Muttiah Muralitharan was one of the greatest bowlers and although sports often doesn't have fairy-tale endings, it was exactly what the spin wizard got as he ended his long Test career.

He announced his retirement before the first Test match against in Galle against India, he was on 792 wickets. Then, he dismissed master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to record number 793.

However, rain washed out day 2 and it seemed that 800 might well be out of Murali's reach.

The script was already written though, as India collapsed on Day 4 and ended up losing 12 wickets, with Murali accounting for five of them.

Murali took five wickets in the first innings, following it up with three in the second. Pragyan Ojha was wicket number 800, as he edged one to slip where Mahela Jayawardene took a simple catch, the all too familiar Muralitharan and Jayawardene combo got together for a record 77th time.

That's how Murali ended his Test career with a wicket off the final ball, similar to another great, the Kiwi all-rounder Richard Hadlee.

He also completed 800 dismissals, a record which would take some undoing if any is to ever scale it.

Murali still remains the highest wicket-taker, with Shane Warne in second spot with 708 scalps. Jimmy Anderson and Rangana Herath are among the active cricketers who will be looking to challenge Murali for the record but with age not on their side, it seems Ravichandran Ashwin is the only active cricketer who has any chance of coming anywhere near the record, he has 275 wickets in 49 matches.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
see more