67 Facts About Muttiah Muralitharan

1. Muttiah Muralitharan promptly signed an endorsement deal with Lafarge, a global cement giant, that was a straight barter, where cement would be supplied to the Foundation for Goodness in exchange for work Muralitharan did.

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2. Muttiah Muralitharan persuaded those who could to donate clothes, and supervised the delivery himself.

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3. In June 2004, Muttiah Muralitharan joined the United Nations World Food Program as an ambassador to fight hunger among school children.

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4. Muttiah Muralitharan plans to build a second sports complex for war-displaced civilians in Mankulam, a town located 300 kilometers from north of Colombo.

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5. In July 2004 Muttiah Muralitharan was filmed in England, bowling with an arm brace on.

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6. Muttiah Muralitharan was censured by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for these comments.

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7. Muttiah Muralitharan continued bowling, taking his 500th Test wicket in the second Test against Australia in Kandy on 2004.

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8. Muttiah Muralitharan was sent for further tests in Perth and England and was cleared again.

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9. Muttiah Muralitharan was selected as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2000 and in 2006.

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10. Muttiah Muralitharan said that the team which was totally against him now called him to coach them to play against Sri Lanka was a big victory in his career.

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11. Muttiah Muralitharan was again called up for the Australian team prior to Australia's tour of Sri Lanka in 2015.

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12. In 2014, Muttiah Muralitharan joined Australian team as a coaching consultant for the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.

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13. Muttiah Muralitharan is the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad team as he is coaching the team for about 2 years.

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14. In late 2010, Muttiah Muralitharan announced his retirement from international cricket after 2011 Cricket World Cup, co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka announcing "This World Cup will be my last outing.

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15. At the start of his last match, Muttiah Muralitharan was eight short of 800 wickets.

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16. Muttiah Muralitharan identified Sri Lanka's World Cup win of 1996 as his greatest moment as a cricketer.

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17. On 7 July 2010, Muttiah Muralitharan formally announced his retirement from Test cricket at a media briefing in Colombo.

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18. Muttiah Muralitharan currently holds the record for the most ducks ever in international cricket (Tests, ODI's and Twenty20), with a total of 59 ducks.

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19. Muttiah Muralitharan won 13 Man of the Match awards in this form of the game.

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20. Muttiah Muralitharan has the highest number of career wickets in One Day Internationals, having overtaken Wasim Akram on 2009.

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21. Muttiah Muralitharan was left out of the Sri Lankan one-day squad to tour West Indies in April 2008.

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22. Muttiah Muralitharan was part of the 2011 team who lost the world cup final against India in Mumbai.

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23. Muttiah Muralitharan picked up 23 wickets in the 2007 World Cup, and finished as the second highest wicket taker in the tournament behind Glenn McGrath.

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24. Muttiah Muralitharan played in the 2007 World Cup final, when Australia defeated Sri Lanka in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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25. Muttiah Muralitharan captured 67 World Cup wickets and is second in the list behind Glenn McGrath who has 71, and represented Sri Lanka in three World Cup finals.

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26. Muttiah Muralitharan played in five Cricket World Cup tournaments, in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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27. On 27 October 2000 in Sharjah, Muttiah Muralitharan captured 7 for 30 against India, which were then the best bowling figures in One Day Internationals.

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28. On 12 August 1993 Muttiah Muralitharan made his One Day International debut against India at the Khettarama Stadium and took 1 for 38 off ten overs.

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29. Muttiah Muralitharan took 795 wickets for his country Sri Lanka in 132 tests.

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30. Muttiah Muralitharan won 18 Man of the Match awards in Test cricket.

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31. Muttiah Muralitharan took at least five five-fors against all the other nine Test sides.

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32. Muttiah Muralitharan obtained 7 or more wickets in an innings against five nations, namely England, India, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

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33. Muttiah Muralitharan believed the emergence of Mendis would help prolong his own career.

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34. Muttiah Muralitharan was well supported by debutant Ajantha Mendis, an unorthodox spinner with plenty of variation, who took eight wickets in his debut match.

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35. Muttiah Muralitharan reclaimed the record for most Test wickets during the first Test against England at Kandy on 2007.

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36. Muttiah Muralitharan finished with six wickets in each innings to claim 10 wickets or more in a Test for the 20th time.

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37. In July 2007, Muttiah Muralitharan became the second bowler after Australia's Shane Warne to capture 700 Test wickets.

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38. Muttiah Muralitharan held the record until Shane Warne claimed it in October 2004.

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39. On 16 March 2004 Muttiah Muralitharan became the fastest and the youngest bowler to reach 500 wickets during the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia played in Kandy.

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40. Muttiah Muralitharan stated "Everyone thought I was a good bowler then and I didn't look back from there.

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41. Sri Lanka won by eight wickets and Muttiah Muralitharan had figures of 12 for 117.

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42. In January 1998, Muttiah Muralitharan took his first ten-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in the first test at Kandy.

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43. On 16 March 1997, Muttiah Muralitharan became the first Sri Lankan to reach 100 test wickets, when he dismissed Stephen Fleming in the second innings of the Hamilton Test.

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44. Muttiah Muralitharan continued to baffle batsman outside the shores of Sri Lanka, irrespective of the team's performance.

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45. On 28 August 1992 at the age of 20, Muttiah Muralitharan made his debut against Australia at the Khettarama Stadium and claimed 3 for 141.

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46. From his debut in 1992, Muttiah Muralitharan took 800 Test wickets and over 500 One Day International wickets, becoming the first player to take 1,000 wickets combined in the two main forms of international cricket.

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47. Muttiah Muralitharan bowls marathon spells, yet he is usually on the attack.

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48. Muttiah Muralitharan signed for the Melbourne Renegades to play Twenty20 cricket in the Big Bash League, in 2012.

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49. Muttiah Muralitharan is the first wrist-spinning off-spinner in the history of the game.

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50. Muttiah Muralitharan was expected to play about four matches in the tournament's second division—the Plate League.

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51. In 2015 Indian Premier League Muttiah Muralitharan was appointed as Sunrisers Hyderabad Bowling coach and Mentor of the team.

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52. In 2010, in the third season of IPL, Muttiah Muralitharan was part of the Chennai Super Kings side that won the IPL championship.

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53. Muttiah Muralitharan was bought for $600,000 by India Cements, the Chennai franchisee of the IPL, through a bidding process.

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54. In February 2008, Muttiah Muralitharan was slated to play Twenty20 cricket for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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55. Muttiah Muralitharan played five first class games for Kent during the 2003 season.

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56. Muttiah Muralitharan announced on 3 April 2011 that he was retiring from all sport.

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57. Muttiah Muralitharan holds Overseas Citizenship of India and he does not need a visa for travelling to India.

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58. Muttiah Muralitharan played in five games but failed to capture a single wicket.

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59. Muttiah Muralitharan began his cricketing career as a medium pace bowler but on the advice of his school coach, Sunil Fernando, he took up off-spin when he was fourteen years old.

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60. When he was nine years old, Muttiah Muralitharan was sent to St Anthony's College, Kandy, a private school run by Benedictine monks.

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61. Muttiah Muralitharan was the sixth international franchise player signed to the Caribbean Premier League and the first Sri Lankan player to be named to the new Twenty20 tournament.

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62. Muttiah Muralitharan stated "I think I am fit in my body and mind, I am enjoying my cricket and want to play more.

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63. Muttiah Muralitharan had not commenced bowling the doosra at this time.

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64. Muttiah Muralitharan took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir on 5 February 2009 in Colombo to surpass Wasim Akram's ODI record of 502 wickets.

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65. Muttiah Muralitharan held the number one spot in the International Cricket Council's player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711 days spanning 214 Test matches.

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66. Muttiah Muralitharan won the Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year in 2017.

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67. Muttiah Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match.

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