Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 20, 2010

No-ball controversy a distant memory for Murali

ESPNcricinfo staff

Muttiah Muralitharan has forgiven the umpire Darrell Hair and forgotten the no-ball call that threatened to derail his career. Murali was the victim at the 1995-96 Boxing Day Test but went on to take a record 800 Test wickets before retiring in July.

"I have forgiven [Hair] and forgotten," Murali told the Courier-Mail. "I had been very upset with him but I have let it go. I am not upset with him. People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake. My action has been cleared. But I'm not going to look at the past any more."

Murali is back in Australia for a limited-overs series and his team-mates are excited to have him as they look to next year's World Cup. The campaign involves a Twenty20 international and three ODIs, and Murali knows what to expect from a small segment of local supporters.

"It has been a bit difficult here for me sometimes but mainly it has just been one or two people in the crowd saying some things," he said. "That is part of the game and as a sportsman you just have to accept that some people just don't like you.

"What I really didn't like was the comments [the former prime minister John] Howard made [in 2004]. That was why I didn't come on the next tour here. From someone in his position, that was worse than anything the crowd said." The incident was blamed as one of reasons Howard was not appointed as ICC vice-president in June.

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  • Philip on October 26, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What maturity Murali has shown here. No vindictiveness at all nor defense. Looking forward and not looking back. What an ambassador for cricket. I truly hope that Murali will have at least this last series in Oz, trouble or incident least mostly. The big hitting Aussies no longer there and this should give all a good chance to perform even better. Jaya and Sanga need to really shoulder and carry the team though so that the young guns can perform better . Murali, we need a last hoorah in Aussie land..Rise Sir Murali. New Malden, Surrey

  • Stud on October 25, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @W.Garrett: Why do you need to bring India into this? Have an open mind and enjoy cricket.

  • Stud on October 25, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    unfortunately, even people such as Hair are not able to bring people, players and officials from the subcontinent on the same ground, because the differences are political and so deep rooted. It needs the brave to live in the present and enjoy the present and forgive the past like Murali has done.

  • Aussie on October 25, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Hair always spoke his heart, he did what he felt was right.

  • Scar on October 24, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Gotta love the comment - "People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake." Speaks volume of the man who can move on from such an event and be one of the greatest, if not THE GREATEST bowler in test cricket. And he's humble enough to say himself that he ranks Warne as the no. 1 spinner in test cricket. He's a real gentleman in the game and it will be sad day when he retires from all forms of cricket. Cant wait to watch Murali live during this Australian tour to salute not just a great sportsman, but as he has shown during his career, he's an amazing human being who is able to rise above anything.

  • Mark on October 24, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Also why people picking on first Murali the Man and two Murali's action especially in Australia? Its quite pathetic really. Cricket indeed all sports are not played by robots. It is played by human being who are individuals with their own particular uniqueness and ways. Lets remember one thing hair isn't the first or last person who is officiating in a sports contest who hasn't made a mistake. Mistakes by officials happen all the time in soccer, rugby tennis. In some cases mistakes by officials has caused the loss to nations of world cups and the break up of careers of sportsman. There is no doubt however that Darrel Hair made a huge mistake in 1995 and almost ended the career of one of the more talented sportsman of the modern era. Why can't people accept that Darrel Hair made a big officiating mistake. Murali has shown enough magnaminity to forgive him. Its over now. He came though it, Murali has had a great career and his name and records will stand forever. Get over yourselves.

  • Mark on October 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Great to see Murali Back in Australia even if it is for a short tour. I would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Murali on all the great services he has done for Cricket on the field with his amazing bowling performances over the years and as a great humanitarian off it. . Also he really is statistivally the Bradman of spin bowling after he called time on his career in june 2010, but it could have been a career that would have ended in 1995 if a certain Mr Hair got his way, the game and cricket fans would have been denied 15 years of spin wizadry and unbelievable skill that propelled Sri Lanka for a time to the upper echelons of Test Cricket and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.A true gentleman of the sport to rank with all the gents who have played in the past I for one salute his magnificent career as a Test Match Bowler. Thanks for the memories and great entertainment you have given to cricket enthusiasts not just in Sri Lanka but everywhere.Thank You Murali.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    An Australian called Sir Don Bradman, never believed Murali was a chucker! Proof: Sydney Morning Herald newspaper- (END OF ARGUMENTS)

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    AND ignorant fools, there is a difference between "bent arm" and "bending the arm" during delivering the ball - only the later can be defined as "throwing" and Murali DOES NOT BEND HIS ARM during delivery. And so many experts, including that Prof. Bruce Ellliot of University of Western Australia and commentators Ian Chappell and Tony Greig have repeatedly said Murali is a wrist spinner and so he cant bend his arm during the delivery, which would be possible in the case of a finger spinner - If you are a spin bowler, you will understand what they are talking about, but if you are a dummy, then God help you !

  • Lalith on October 23, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

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