Muttiah Muralitharan      

Full name Muttiah Muralitharan

Born April 17, 1972, Kandy

Current age 42 years 159 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings, Gloucestershire, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kent, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Lancashire, Melbourne Renegades, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wellington

Also known as Muttiah Muralidaran

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 5 ft 7 in

Education St Anthony's College, Kandy

Muttiah Muralitharan
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 133 164 56 1261 67 11.67 1794 70.28 0 1 146 29 72 0
ODIs 350 162 63 674 33* 6.80 869 77.56 0 0 50 12 130 0
T20Is 12 2 0 1 1 0.50 5 20.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 232 276 83 2192 67 11.35 0 1 123 0
List A 453 205 76 945 33* 7.32 0 0 159 0
Twenty20 164 38 14 81 11 3.37 110 73.63 0 0 3 2 31 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 133 230 44039 18180 800 9/51 16/220 22.72 2.47 55.0 45 67 22
ODIs 350 341 18811 12326 534 7/30 7/30 23.08 3.93 35.2 15 10 0
T20Is 12 12 282 297 13 3/29 3/29 22.84 6.31 21.6 0 0 0
First-class 232 66933 26997 1374 9/51 19.64 2.42 48.7 119 34
List A 453 23734+ 15270 682 7/30 7/30 22.39 3.85* 35.1* 17 12 0
Twenty20 164 164 3705 3945 179 4/16 4/16 22.03 6.38 20.6 3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Aug 28-Sep 2, 1992 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 18-22, 2010 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 12, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 22, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth, Oct 31, 2010 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1989/90
Last First-class Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 18-22, 2010 scorecard
List A debut 1991/92
Last List A India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kolkata, May 22, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/55 ROW XI v M.C.C. Lord's 5 Jul 2014 Other OD
0/19 RCB v KKR Kolkata 22 May 2014 T20
0/26 RCB v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Deccan) 20 May 2014 T20
1/29 RCB v Super Kings Ranchi 18 May 2014 T20
2/25 RCB v Daredevils Bangalore 13 May 2014 T20
0/25 RCB v KKR Sharjah 24 Apr 2014 T20
2/16 Melb Reneg v Strikers Adelaide 22 Jan 2014 T20
1/23 Melb Reneg v Syd Sixers Melbourne (Docklands) 18 Jan 2014 T20
0*, 0/8 Melb Reneg v Syd Thunder Melbourne (Docklands) 14 Jan 2014 T20
0/30 Melb Reneg v Melb Stars Melbourne (Docklands) 4 Jan 2014 T20
Profile

Perhaps no cricketer since Douglas Jardine has polarised opinion quite like Muttiah Muralitharan. For the believers, he's among the greatest to ever spin a ball. For the doubters, he's a charlatan undeserving of the game's greatest records, responsible for changes in the laws that they think have legitimised throwing. What was undeniable was his ability to turn the ball sharply on just about any surface, and bowl the sort of marathon spells that would have seen a lesser man retire after five seasons rather than 18. Whether Sri Lanka played at home, on pitches where he was often unplayable, or overseas, Murali was the go-to man for half a dozen captains. He seldom disappointed.

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Timeline
    • August 28, 1992
      A fox is seen
      • At the age of 20, he makes his debut against Australia at the Khettarama Stadium, and takes 3 for 141. Craig McDermott is his first wicket.
    • August 28, 1993
      First of many
      • Takes 5 for 104 in South Africa's first innings in Moratuwa, his first five-wicket haul in Tests. His wickets include Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje and Jonty Rhodes.
    • March 11-15, 1995
      Match-winner at work
      • Takes 5 for 64 in the second innings against of the Napier Test, and spins Sri Lanka to a 241-run win. It is their first overseas victory, and they eventually win the two-Test series 1-0.
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Best Performances
    • 7 for 155 and 9 for 65 v England, The Oval, 1998
      • Sri Lanka's first Test victory in England comes solely due to an inspirational performance by Muralitharan. His 16 for 220 is the fifth-best analysis in Tests at the time; his 9 for 65 in England's second innings is seventh best on the all-time list. His seven wickets in the first innings, however, have cost him 155 out of a solid total of 445. But Sanath Jayasuriya's double and Aravinda de Silva's 152 give them a 146-run lead. Murali picks up two wickets before stumps on the fourth day, but a draw seemed the most realistic result. But "realistic" is what Murali isn't; on a wearing pitch, he casts a spell on the batsmen. England have no answer to his wiles, and one by one they succumb. Only Alec Stewart's run-out prevents Murali from picking up all 10 wickets in an innings. Sri Lanka are set 36 to win, and they knock them off in five overs in the last hour of the Test.
    • 6 for 87 and 7 for 84 v South Africa, Galle, 2000
      • Sri Lanka pile up 522 to lay an ideal platform for Murali to unveil his new weapons against South Africa. He bamboozles the South Africans on a dry and cracked pitch with his big-spinning offbreak, the doosra and the top-spinner. He takes 6 for 87 as South Africa are bowled out for 238, and Daryl Cullinan, who scores a skilful 114, admits: "I could have been out three or four times. He's unique." South Africa are made to follow on, and Murali repeated his magic. He runs through the last seven wickets, and becomes the sixth bowler to dismiss all 11 batsmen over two innings of a Test.
    • 4 for 77 and 6 for 71 v Pakistan, Peshawar, 1999-00
      • Pakistan are comfortably placed at 154 for 3, in response to Sri Lanka's 268 in the first innings. Enter Murali who triggers a collapse by dismissing Younis Khan. Pakistan go on to lose their last seven wickets for 45 runs, giving Sri Lanka a first-innings lead of 69. Chasing 294, Pakistan get off to a solid start with their openers adding 59, but Murali once again dismisses Shahid Afridi and Inzamam-ul-Haq in quick succession. Yousuf Youhana defies Sri Lanka with a gritty 88, but Murali dismisses him and Waqar Younis of consecutive balls to end the fourth day. On the final morning Sri Lanka need just nine balls to pick up the final two wickets; Murali dismisses the last man Arshad Khan to finish with 6 for 71 in the second innings.
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Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • A man apart (Jun 8, 2004)
    When great athletes are done and dusted, team shirts slid into mothballed suitcases, boots plastic-bagged in a musty garage, the final entries inked into record books, judgement commences
  • 'I can't please everyone' (Jul 17, 2010)
    The Sri Lankan spinner reflects on a glorious career, the changing art of offspin, dealing with doubters, what lies ahead, and more
  • Is Murali the greatest spinner ever? (Aug 7, 2006)
    A long, hard look at the man who has, in many ways, carried Sri Lankan cricket for so many years
  • In a freakish league of his own (Jul 14, 2010)
    Murali hasn't been combative like Warne or full of rage like Kumble; more unconventional than them, and tenacious to the core, he has surpassed them both
  • Muttiah Muralitharan (1999)
    Maybe the whispers and rumours will never cease; maybe Muttiah Muralitharan will forever have to lure international batsmen to their doom with a murky cloud of suspicion over his twirling arm
  • The marvel that is Murali (Jan 24, 2006)
    A tribute to Muralitharan on his reaching the 400-wicket milestone in ODIs
Latest Articles
Latest Photos

Jun 18, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan gives Nathan Lyon some advice in Colombo, June 18, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan gives Nathan Lyon some advice in Colombo

© Cricket Australia

Apr 16, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori have a chat, Dubai, April 16, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori have a chat

© Royal Challengers Bangalore

Jan 22, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan struck twice for only 16 runs, Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades, Big Bash League, Adelaide, January 22, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan struck twice for only 16 runs

© Getty Images

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1999

Wisden Leading Cricketer, 2006

Country Fixtures Country Results
2nd Quarter-Final: HKG Women v SL Women at Incheon - Sep 23
SL Women won by 82 runs
1st ODI: S Lanka U19 v Aust U19 at Colombo (SSC)
Sep 25, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT | 21:30 PDT)
2nd Semi-Final: SL Women v TBA at Incheon
Sep 25, 2014 (14:00 local | 05:00 GMT | 01:00 EDT | 00:00 CDT | 22:00 PDT)
2nd ODI: S Lanka U19 v Aust U19 at Colombo (RPS)
Sep 27, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT | 21:30 PDT)
3rd ODI: S Lanka U19 v Aust U19 at Colombo (PSS)
Sep 29, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT | 21:30 PDT)
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