Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day July 22, 2010

One of my greatest moments - Murali

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Muttiah Muralitharan has said that retiring after taking his 800th wicket and helping Sri Lanka win his farewell Test, against India in Galle, was one of the greatest moments in his life. Murali's 800th was the last Indian wicket in the follow-on, after which Sri Lanka chased the target of 95 without losing a wicket.

"I am very happy that God has given me everything - eight wickets, a victory, basically everything. This is one of the greatest moments in my life, retiring this way," Murali said. "I am not emotional in a way, frankly, I am happy that I have done it. I trained really hard. Even last week, I trained hard to play in this Test match and take it very seriously."

Murali had to wait and toil for his 800th wicket, that of Pragyan Ojha, but he said the landmark was just a number and achieving it was not a high priority. "Eight hundred is only a number. We wanted to get the wickets quickly. You never know in Galle, with the weather, winning the match was the important thing," he said. "At that time I didn't think about it, but it came in the end. I wouldn't have minded if it didn't come. My only scare was when Lasith Malinga had to go off the field.

"I told my captain [Kumar Sangakkara] to somehow get the wickets. We knew the situation in Galle and had the match ended in a draw it would have been very sad. I badly wanted to win in my final Test. We all play for a win. At that moment we would have taken even a run out. It was hard work for the spinners. The wicket had something on it yesterday, and Malinga's magnificent yorkers made the difference."

Murali also said that he had quit Test cricket at the right time, with Sri Lanka having younger spinners rising through the ranks. "I have played for 18 years and I thought that there are three other good spinners in the side," he said. "They are 24-25 years old and I am 38. I thought it's better to give them a chance. I have nothing more to achieve and I thought this is the right time.

"I chose to finish my career at the end of the first Test because I know my knees are not going to last to bowl 50-60 overs. If I am there it will be four spinners and only two can play. I will be blocking the place of another young spinner."

Murali also had praise for the curator at Galle, Jayananda Warnaweera, and thanked him for helping make his farewell memorable. "Galle is one of my favourite grounds because there is always a result. Warnaweera prepares good wickets and we won the match in four days. He gave me a good farewell and the way he decorated the stadium was unbelievable."

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  • Nandika on July 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Murali is the greatest bowler ever.Like Sir don bradman.i know lot of people jelous about his records and talent.thats why bishan bedi is crying like a baby calling murali chucker.bedi is like a inter club bowler not even close to harbajan talents.well he has proved his cleaness of his action.tell me is there any other bolwer who tested his action himself.NOne.only murali.even shoun pollock magrath bret lee harbajan got suspected actions but they never called chuckers.some times bret lee also chucking with his action when we saw replay.Now a six-man ICC committee, convened in Dubai, have given the green light to all bowlers kinking their arms by 15 degrees.Technological research showed that even those assumed to have pure actions like South Africa's Shaun Pollock and Australian Glenn McGrath "chuck" the ball to some extent.see what ICC said. jelous people see this http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article389564.ece also see this skynews explanation http://www.hilalscricke

  • on July 27, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    No doubt Murali is a great Chucker of all time and it's a shame that he was allowed to play for so many years! He is a Chucker! period.

  • K.D.Eranda on July 27, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Murali was the best at all time in test cricket. there is no doubt at all. but the shame to me why some of people trying to talk about his action of bawling. I know, because no one will able to reach Murali's land mark. Don't be jealous with him cos he is the MASTER among the masters of both test and one day cricket. Don't even think to compare Murali with Warne..... it will give more credit to murali. good on you Master Murali.. !!!!

  • akpy on July 25, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    many people still say he chucks/throws after official clearance, which too has been pointed out by many...i am not an ardent fan of murali but let me ask all these thoughtless chucking commentators one thing - if you have played cricket at any level, try to 'chuck/throw' the ball and see if you can get it right first and more importantly, whether you find it easier to spin, turn the ball...even if you want to chuck, just throwing it fast is easy but spinning/flighting it effectively - impossible to do..and he didnt get 800 +500 wkts in some street level games - he got it in international cricket. So, people who are still talking about him being a chucker - atleast use your brain, go chuck in your backyard a 1000 times and see ifyou can get it right - you will do better when you bowl, which is what murali did all the time..arms bending, etc is all incidental..WELL DONE MURALI..TRULY GREAT SPORTSMAN WHO ACCEPTED DEFEAT/CRITICISM MAGNANIMOUSLY AND JUST WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS..

  • samuel71892 on July 25, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    seems like d aussies can't just accept tat murali has d record for d highest no of wickets.. Warne wasn't born with a crooked arm.Murali's action ain't wrong.. He deserves his spot at d top.. Hats off.. Great Gentlemen n Generous human being oo..

  • Madmast_Hathi on July 25, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    I am a big big fan of Murali. But we all know that he does not bowl....he throws. Just like Shoaib. Bent elbows. I love Murali, but his image is always tarnished. ICC was cowardly because BCCI supported Murali. No one can go against the BCCI. They are the BOSS.

  • argylep on July 25, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Based on pure stats alone - they never lie - Murali is quite simply the greatest wicket taking spin bowler of all time. I believe he was/is better than Warne; his figures having played even less tests are far superior to his yet ex players/pundits such as Atherton and Hussain still would have you believe otherwise?!! Fred Trueman once said that no one woud ever take 300 test wickets and that was regarded as THE benchmark figure up (and in) to the modern era. Murali retires with 2.5 x that many and whatever anyone else says; at least Warne admiited it himself his final total of 800 wll never be surpassed. Legal or not Murali turned it more often, against more men, more effectively and more consistently than any other bowler before him. Brian Lara apart he bamboozled batsmen all over the world, on all tracks and in all conditions and yet he'll still go down as the bowler who legitimised throwing!!!He deserves better.

  • Jjerg on July 24, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Greatest bowler of all time! No bowler had to put up with the jealously towards him that Murali did. He could have finished with 1000 if he didn't unfairly lose wickets to ignorant officials that didn't like the fact that he as from Sri Lanka. Even Shane Warne, his closest contemporary rival, claims Murali had a "completely legit delivery". What is most disturbing is that Murali is often described as honest, classy, and fair. The people who claim otherwise have no idea what sporting is.

    Jj

  • mikeper on July 24, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Murali is without any doubt The greatest Test bowler ever! His bowling action has been cleared by the best scientists using the best technology. A bowler with a complex action, such as Murali cannot be called for chucking by the naked eye. Naturally, people who are not intelligent enough to understand this will say he is a chucker. And so will some Aussies for obvious reasons !!!

  • Mutukisna on July 24, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    The greatness of Murali is even more evident from his decision to retire when securing 8 wickets to reach the magical 800 appeared unlikely before his final Test match. Yet he achieved that landmark fair and square when it seemed impossible before the start of the Test Match. One of your contributors appears to suggest that it will also be the death knell of Sri Lankan cricket when Murali has gone. Lets wait and see whether he will retract his assertion and made to eat humble pie. He also says that Murali is a cheat. Then how would this person brand his idol who had taken drugs and was consequently banned from international cricket for a year? Should this cricketer have been banned for life like Olympic Gold medalists who have taken drugs or was the ICC not pandering to Australia in this instance? This contributor is clearly a man of double standards. As regards Darrel Hair this umpire achieved his 15 minutes of fame because of Muralitharan. By the way who is and where is Ross Emerson?

  • Nandika on July 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Murali is the greatest bowler ever.Like Sir don bradman.i know lot of people jelous about his records and talent.thats why bishan bedi is crying like a baby calling murali chucker.bedi is like a inter club bowler not even close to harbajan talents.well he has proved his cleaness of his action.tell me is there any other bolwer who tested his action himself.NOne.only murali.even shoun pollock magrath bret lee harbajan got suspected actions but they never called chuckers.some times bret lee also chucking with his action when we saw replay.Now a six-man ICC committee, convened in Dubai, have given the green light to all bowlers kinking their arms by 15 degrees.Technological research showed that even those assumed to have pure actions like South Africa's Shaun Pollock and Australian Glenn McGrath "chuck" the ball to some extent.see what ICC said. jelous people see this http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article389564.ece also see this skynews explanation http://www.hilalscricke

  • on July 27, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    No doubt Murali is a great Chucker of all time and it's a shame that he was allowed to play for so many years! He is a Chucker! period.

  • K.D.Eranda on July 27, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Murali was the best at all time in test cricket. there is no doubt at all. but the shame to me why some of people trying to talk about his action of bawling. I know, because no one will able to reach Murali's land mark. Don't be jealous with him cos he is the MASTER among the masters of both test and one day cricket. Don't even think to compare Murali with Warne..... it will give more credit to murali. good on you Master Murali.. !!!!

  • akpy on July 25, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    many people still say he chucks/throws after official clearance, which too has been pointed out by many...i am not an ardent fan of murali but let me ask all these thoughtless chucking commentators one thing - if you have played cricket at any level, try to 'chuck/throw' the ball and see if you can get it right first and more importantly, whether you find it easier to spin, turn the ball...even if you want to chuck, just throwing it fast is easy but spinning/flighting it effectively - impossible to do..and he didnt get 800 +500 wkts in some street level games - he got it in international cricket. So, people who are still talking about him being a chucker - atleast use your brain, go chuck in your backyard a 1000 times and see ifyou can get it right - you will do better when you bowl, which is what murali did all the time..arms bending, etc is all incidental..WELL DONE MURALI..TRULY GREAT SPORTSMAN WHO ACCEPTED DEFEAT/CRITICISM MAGNANIMOUSLY AND JUST WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS..

  • samuel71892 on July 25, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    seems like d aussies can't just accept tat murali has d record for d highest no of wickets.. Warne wasn't born with a crooked arm.Murali's action ain't wrong.. He deserves his spot at d top.. Hats off.. Great Gentlemen n Generous human being oo..

  • Madmast_Hathi on July 25, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    I am a big big fan of Murali. But we all know that he does not bowl....he throws. Just like Shoaib. Bent elbows. I love Murali, but his image is always tarnished. ICC was cowardly because BCCI supported Murali. No one can go against the BCCI. They are the BOSS.

  • argylep on July 25, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Based on pure stats alone - they never lie - Murali is quite simply the greatest wicket taking spin bowler of all time. I believe he was/is better than Warne; his figures having played even less tests are far superior to his yet ex players/pundits such as Atherton and Hussain still would have you believe otherwise?!! Fred Trueman once said that no one woud ever take 300 test wickets and that was regarded as THE benchmark figure up (and in) to the modern era. Murali retires with 2.5 x that many and whatever anyone else says; at least Warne admiited it himself his final total of 800 wll never be surpassed. Legal or not Murali turned it more often, against more men, more effectively and more consistently than any other bowler before him. Brian Lara apart he bamboozled batsmen all over the world, on all tracks and in all conditions and yet he'll still go down as the bowler who legitimised throwing!!!He deserves better.

  • Jjerg on July 24, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Greatest bowler of all time! No bowler had to put up with the jealously towards him that Murali did. He could have finished with 1000 if he didn't unfairly lose wickets to ignorant officials that didn't like the fact that he as from Sri Lanka. Even Shane Warne, his closest contemporary rival, claims Murali had a "completely legit delivery". What is most disturbing is that Murali is often described as honest, classy, and fair. The people who claim otherwise have no idea what sporting is.

    Jj

  • mikeper on July 24, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Murali is without any doubt The greatest Test bowler ever! His bowling action has been cleared by the best scientists using the best technology. A bowler with a complex action, such as Murali cannot be called for chucking by the naked eye. Naturally, people who are not intelligent enough to understand this will say he is a chucker. And so will some Aussies for obvious reasons !!!

  • Mutukisna on July 24, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    The greatness of Murali is even more evident from his decision to retire when securing 8 wickets to reach the magical 800 appeared unlikely before his final Test match. Yet he achieved that landmark fair and square when it seemed impossible before the start of the Test Match. One of your contributors appears to suggest that it will also be the death knell of Sri Lankan cricket when Murali has gone. Lets wait and see whether he will retract his assertion and made to eat humble pie. He also says that Murali is a cheat. Then how would this person brand his idol who had taken drugs and was consequently banned from international cricket for a year? Should this cricketer have been banned for life like Olympic Gold medalists who have taken drugs or was the ICC not pandering to Australia in this instance? This contributor is clearly a man of double standards. As regards Darrel Hair this umpire achieved his 15 minutes of fame because of Muralitharan. By the way who is and where is Ross Emerson?

  • Shahzeb_Arif on July 24, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    i think people's memory these days is very short. they like praising a person like shane warne who used to take drugs and banned substances to play and perform. its nothing new i am telling. Ur boy (warne) was even banned for a year or so. So thats speak of wht real players are. Murli never had drugs to perform.

  • sanjayad on July 24, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    No body can break his records..No chances ever due to low test match rate..

  • faultline on July 24, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Way to go south-east Asia............. The Best bowler ever - Murali (Smiling Assassin) The Best batsman ever - Sachin (Little Master). u jealous people (except for good people in Australia) call someone anything to get your work done. like the former premier of australia. he stood firm on his position saying that Murali was a chucker. but now to get into ICC, he says that Murali is not a chucker. Learn to love the game. Look at how they play, dont look at who is playing.........

  • AusTony66 on July 23, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    From an AUSSIE, congrats Murali..you have done it in style, plus under lots of preasure, and most importantly you have handled all orts of false accusations made at you. As an Aussie I feel ashamed for the way we have treated you. Darrell Hair and Ross Emerson tried their best under instructions from Aus cricket heirachy to ruin your wonderful career.. Ross Emerson in 1998 was put on forced leave by his employer for stress and mental issues and was getting treated in Australia- BUT they still wanted him to officiate the game against England in Adelaide. Darrell Hair also called Murali for throwing when he bowled leg spin..

    Angus Fraser in England proved to ICC that Murali never cheated by letting Murali bowl with a metal cast around his elbow. On this day Murali proved that he could stay well under ICC guidlines and bowl his normal delivery and the Doosra.

    Murali, we Aussies introduced real chuckers into the game- ie: Ian McKeef, and a probable Brett Lee, who chucked often

  • wkhawaja on July 23, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    so tell me something all you lot who are critical of murali - if you were born with a defect - a crooked arm or a shorter leg (like brasilian football legend garrincha), should that preclude you from playing your favorite sport? how would you feel about that? it's not murali's fault that his arm wasn't born straight. if you are a good batsman, you figure any bowler out. murali deserves his names in the record books so stop hating and appreciate the quality off spin he has give to the game of cricket. cheers.

  • Rah_Shar on July 23, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Congratulations Murali ... you are up there with Sir Donald Bradman as the greatest cricketers that graced this world.

  • mlhgja on July 23, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Murali is a true legend - I doubt I will watch any other bowler come close to 800 test wickets. He was a match winner on his own and he gave Sri Lanka the chance to win against any opposition. He always had a smile and played in the best spirit of the game, which made him a fantastic player to watch - so thanks Murali for two decades of cricket played to the very highest standard!

  • boxer44 on July 23, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Why is there even a debate on the best bowler? best fast bowler of all time Walsh, not wasim, best spinner Murali not shane(drug user) Warne

  • on July 23, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Hats off to another cricket legend.

  • on July 23, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    it's nice to see someone declare his retirement before he drop from his team for our of form specially in south-asia, where players don't want to go before the board throw them. murali set the example in recent time and some players should take lesson from him like tendulkar,dravid,laxman,sanath. murali can play one or two more year easily but he din't do that bcoz there was a time 4 everything. that's why i salute murali for thousand times n lots of best wishes for him...........

  • on July 23, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Welldone Murali. Nobody can beat your record. Being an Tamilian, Mappillai of Chennai we are very much proud of your achievements inspite of earlier set backs. On behalf of all tamilians I wish you all the best for whatever field you would like to choose after your retirement very successful as your cricket career.

  • Shajadul on July 23, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Congratulation for your achievements. Great bowler, great man.

  • IJustLoveCricket on July 23, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    If you're supporting murali, you're either a SriLankan cricket fan or you don't know anything about cricket or it's bowling rules... ICC has changed it's elbow straightening rules exactly 10 YEARS after murali was no balled first time... Which means that he was always chucking... But you blind idiots are always ready to lambast anyone who questions his bowling action, and brand him a racist.. This was the reason why ICC could never ban him... I just love him as a person coz' he's so down to earth, such an amazing personality, but would always hate him as a cricketer. To me Shane Warne holds the record. No one ever doubted his bowling action.

  • GEBF on July 23, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Dearest Murali CONGRATS from the FERNANDO FAMILY in Mount Colah SYDNEY NSW:

    We were glued the Satanta Network from 2. 00 PM SYD time , and your magic around 6.30 PM , the best moment after our 96 World Cup win in Lahore.You are my Role Model , though I am 19 years Older , but played till 42 years.(l numbers only ).

    For those Who Missed here is My " M - U - R - A- L- I "

    M = Mesmerising U = Unique R = Respected A = Admirable L = LionHearted I = Ireplaceable

    Best Wishes and May God Bless You & Your Loved Ones

  • IJustLoveCricket on July 23, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    So what next for SriLanka... I'm sure SriLanka has some more people with disabilities who can straighten their arm like this legendary whatever... Let's get them all into this SriLankan cricket team. Be bullish. Their captain Sangakkara will lead their team out of the field and fight for their cause. I'm sure the ICC will review it's arm straightening rule once again, and increase it by another 10 degrees, because people with disabilities too have to be accommodated in cricket. These guys can't be picked in the cricket team for handicapped, coz' they're not so handicapped either... And so the generous ICC will let them play... Prepare spinning tracks for them, and let one of them break this guys record.. That's the only way I see this record can be broken. It's such a shame to cricketers like Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev who bowled with such neat and genuine actions, but their records are stolen by some guy with legendary arm. I'm relieved I don't have to watch him bowl again..

  • rtmohanlal on July 23, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Murali for me would always be a bowler with uncertainties in my mind. It is not 1 or 2 persons who doubt his action.Bedi,Holding,Mark Richardson,Dean Jones,Gilchrist,Martin crowe,DarylHair,Ross emerson are prominent ones who doubts his action and 'm sure the list includes a lot more cricket personalities.One thing is sure.Being tested clean in a lab is different from what actually is done in the midst of hot battle.Also i feel the ICC twisting rules to accomodate his action was not fair too.

  • rabsusa on July 23, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    congratulations on 800 wickets, a milestone and well deserved; a great ombudsman for the sport, to all those who call you a "chucker", have you seen Malinga "bowl" - open your eyes! congrats once again!

  • Anandp2208 on July 23, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Murali a true champion of all time & good human being both inside & outside cricket.Himself thinking about the young spinners & allowing them to play for the country by getting retired is truly great.Reading about his social work for people affected by Tsunami is very heartening.Wish him a great retirement life to this real legend.

  • Shajadul on July 23, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Greatest spinner of all time. Mr. James Armstrong save the Trauma, you need to ask the question to ICC.

  • starjay on July 23, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Sure he has 800 wickets but he's still controversy personified. Had the ICC banned Murali from bowling then that would have meant losing Sri Lanka as a test playing nation because back in 1995, Arjuna Ranatunga threatened to take the issue to court after Darell Hair called Murali for chucking. The ICC at that point didn't have much options and wanted an extra test playing nation hence Murali was "cleared". I admire Murali's fighting spirit however I also stand by Mr. Hair's philosophy on Murali's action. I believe Darrell Hair is vindicated and Murali's action, though however unique it may be is still NOT a genuine bowling action. In my eyes Warne is the champion spinner. I hope this comment will be published without bias. Thank you.

  • on July 23, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    a magnificent spell by being the only one to king of spin after spin wizard shane warne though the aussies know to talk to much as well . murali ur the only jewel the srilankan team had wch stayed till the end .....

  • KamranMirza on July 23, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    He came, He saw and He conquered...The greatest bowler of all time without any doubt...We love u Murli ...keep on going in onedays and T20s

  • Aussasinator on July 23, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    @JamesArmstrong. When a congenital deformity results in a perpetually bent arm, then chucking becomes an optical illusion. Guys could never play him. Hence they cribbed and whined. But they lost out to him all the same. He's the ultimate winner in the eyes of the game's lovers and God.

  • on July 23, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Unbelvable STATS-MURALI Snapped his ''400''th Wicket and his'' 800''th wicket of his test career at Galle International Cricket Stadium.............MURALI IS '' GALLE'S MAGICIAN''...Best ever cricketer to go down as the most successful and freakish spin bowler ever.Three cheers to Muarli. Hip Hip Hooray........All the best,Smiling Assasin..Fairytale end to a stupendous career.See in the ODIS and T20s ,Friend...

  • gautham123 on July 23, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Murali!!!!!!!!!!!The greatest bowler ever in the world.if u r retiring from odi's also retire after the worldcup.wish u all the best

  • on July 23, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Salute to the greatest ever bowler in the history of the game !!! a bowler who has never been well understood by any batsman...His record is bound to stay till cricket lasts and no one can level upto this match winner be it test cricket or one day cricket....800 wickets really speak for themselves !!! way to go Murali !! u deserved it...

  • Mahatma_of_Great_Britain on July 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I'd rather trust the words of cricket's governing body ICC who've done many scientific test on Murali and given him a cleared him of all baseless accusation, which was just a figment of Australian umpire's imagination. I'd rather be a part of majority of cricket audience across the world (who're in their millions if not billions) who's acclaimed Murali for his achievements than some convict from Australia or a joker called "JamesArmstrong". People like you can moan all they like. It's not going to make an iota of difference to the FACT that Murali is a spin maestro, a jewel of subcontinent.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on July 23, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    @Knablig : Oooooo Cry me a river, Even your hero Warnie said that he doesn't chuck...If you don't believe me go search it on the net... As for murali's record being void, Sorry won't happen unless someone like you who has no cricketing knowledge becomes ICC president. Since good old Howard who thinks he is a cricket pundit got rejected, I don't think it's gonna happen. Keep crying haters but according to stats and Wisden, he is the greatest bowler ever period.

  • on July 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    got 8 wickets to finish his career with exactly 800 wickets.. wow nice and a great way to finish a nice career.

  • ksupun on July 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The Great Cricketer Great gentlemen Brave man The only bowler i could imagine who had troubled all the batsmen other than murali Was wasim.but when you see the figures murali the Greatest..

    Im from galle & really you honored us by taking your farewell in tests here

  • JamesArmstrong on July 23, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Murali doesn't deserve one test wicket. He should have been THROWN out of the game for being a chucker

  • Safran17 on July 23, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Murali the name of the great bowler in the history, the dangerous bowler to the batsman and a generous man in the real life. What he achieved in life is really a hard earned achieved no one can comment about his bowling action as ICC has allowed his bowling action legal. My congrats goes to him as he has achieved 800th wickets in his test career. I wonder about his generous thought by reading this news article he is trying to encourage the up coming players in his place so that the newer generation gets a chance to show their talents. Murali you deserve lots of admiration from us -yes it is true when my country play against Srilanka I always pray that you don't get any wickets but that case is different ,I personally enjoy your bowling very much. Murali wish you good luck hope your record would not break forever because you are a legend.

  • on July 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Im a aussie well done you a legend of the game i know youir a fair bower was pissed off when they called you for throwing good life after cricket im sure you will be a good spin coach in the future.

  • pubudu on July 23, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Murali was the greatest bowler ever. but shane warne will be remembered as the challenger for muralitharan, but bedi just a ordinary player with 80+ strike rate. he will be still bowling if he was to get 800 wickets.

  • Knablig on July 23, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    hate to say this, but he's a chucker. In the eyes of most people he will always be the person whom the cowardly ICC wouldn't ban for life because it would spell the death-knell for Sri Lankan cricket. Shane Warne bowled with a straight arm, Murali with a crooked one. In a hundred years they will remember Murali as a cheat and that his record is void. Hopefully this comment will be published and others who believe that Darrell Hair was vindicated in his No-Balling of Chuckalot will come forward to right this giant wrong. 800 wickets? 0 wickets pure and simple. Shane Warne has the record, no doubt about it.

  • on July 23, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    GOODBYE MURALI ur definitely last of your kind

  • on July 23, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    well done Murali !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great bowler & a simple man

  • binkaf on July 23, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Awesome, it take some courage for anyone 2 announce that he will retire from Test aft that particular match, esp whn u r so close of makin History, becomin d first evr man to reach a summit tht high; n evn more astonishin u hav 2 ball perhaps the strongest batting line up n get 8 sclaps. Simply terrific, tht tells the confident level of Murali n God helped ths 'one of a kind' cricketer. Wht a note to end one of the most noted career evr in world cricket, get a five-for, reach the 'out-of-imagination' tally of 800 Test wicket and gift his team a marvelous, marvelous victory over a formidable opponent, in fact the #1 ranked team in the Test World!

  • Anton7722 on July 23, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Ujjawal Sinha stupid joker!!! Muttaia Muralideran is The greatest spinner ever!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Two huge things eluded Murali - a Test win in India and Australia. Why not talk about that?

  • on July 23, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Congrats.... Murali I respect you and your attitudes..... But i dont like the attitude of ur team mates mahela and kumar sangakkara... What they are thinking??? They have only won a test match.... First tell them to come out of SriLanka and play welll... India is still the No 1 Test team....Attitude of indians were great they fought hard and dont try to give away the wickets to others....If ur above mentioned team mates were in such situation then they will definitly give away their wickets to somebody else not to u murali....

  • on July 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Great Achivement Congratulation

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    His record of 800 wickets is probably untouchable for any real bowler (operating within the laws of the game). Good riddance, it's only good for the game.

  • on July 23, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I don know about other countries but India loves murali though he is playin against them they respect them and very well they helped him achieve mamooth 800 wicket mark

  • rickster2007 on July 23, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    All d very best Murali. Thank U for serving SL cricket the way u have done. You are a true champion & you will also be. Once again best of luck in everything you do. Hope you will someday sooner than later starting nurturing our young spinners to go to the top.

  • lovegirls on July 23, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    GOODBYE MURALI WISH U HAD GOT 10WICKETS IN AN INNINGS AGAINST ZIMBABWE I HAVE BEEN A GREAT FAN OF URZ.GREAT BOWLER.MISS U MURALI BUT U R STILL PLAYING ODIS N T20 SO WE CAN SEE MORE OF U OVER THERE.BEST OF LUCK MURALI WORLD CLASS BOWLER.NO MORE BOWLERS LIKE HIM WILL BE THERE AT PRESENT

  • on July 23, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Cricket is always a batsmen game.The bowlers are not honoured with what they deserve. But Murali has prooved that he is THE CRICKETER OF THE CENTURY.

  • boyzz11 on July 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hi Edassery. To add to ur comment, I got few indians like Sreesanth, Virat Kohli, Uthappa, Ishant. These guys have achieved nothing when compared to Murali. But the way they spoilt their career by showing off is frustrating. They need to look at Murali's Simplicity and had to change their attitude.

  • on July 23, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    What a way to end his career. Can anyone achieve this record of 800 wickets? Despite losing the only right thing India did is giving away 8 wickets to murali :)

  • WajiraB on July 23, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    well done murali and congrads on your acheivements. your the best of the best and the greatest of all time. as you have said there are people with differant ideas and let them express their selfs. it will never make u a lesser bowlers or underestimate your acheivements. in my book and 99 % peopls book of cricket your the best ever bowler who ever played cricket. forget about the 1 % who does not know what is the rule, why it was changed and what facts the testing found out. the main thing the testing found out is that all the bowles bend the arm. so when techology developes we identify things and change things accordingly. failure to understand this is their dumb nature , not your fault. the greatness of your is you are humble not to harsh on them. a true great human been. good luck. to all those dumb people who says a mulari a chucker, please read , undestand , if dont please ask from some one who knows. otherwise u will be ever dumb

  • mumimran on July 23, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Atlast , Murali has ended his career...He was not only good finisher of his masterpiece balling but also his own stylish batting...it was Ban Vs SL match, final match of tri nation tournament, at a point SL was 114 for 8 to score a 153 against Ban..he blasted 33 off 16 ball with two mamath six and foure fours(total boundries alone-28).. with his blasting batting performance only SL could win that final.Otherwise it would have been a black mark for SL cricket being lost to team like Ban....it is memorable batting performance for a best baller who is not the best batsmen,,,,tribute to murali.....Thanks Murali..we missed U and our opponent wickets hereonward.....I suggest that he is worth to give a knighthood.....Thanks Sir.Murali..Wishing you all the best in your future endavoures.

  • SoftwareStar on July 23, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    .contd.

    regarding murali vs warne, here's my 2 cents...

    1. Murali made offspin sexy. Plain offspin is easy to bowl and is easier to play than leg-spin. You have tons of average-good off-spinners (Arshad Ayub, Tim May, Peter Taylor etc) but they never made me watch. Only Murali and Saqlain (for a short period) made me watch and enjoy offspin. 2. Noboby could turn the ball as much as Murali 3. With Warne, you have comparisons with peers like Qadir, Kumble, Chandra, MacGill. All the 4 were great in their own way. Sometimes MacGill would bowl better balls than Warne, but Warne had better control while MacGill usually gave away a fulltoss or a longhop frequently. (Warne was dropped in favor of MacGill once) Warne's not done anything special that Qadir or Chandra hadnt done. They too would bowl unplayable deliveries. However, they havent taken 700 wickets like Warne.. But, with Murali, you have no comparison. he's done something that no offspinner has ever done. So Murali = No 1

  • SoftwareStar on July 23, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    The greatest spinner ever!! period.

    Thanks for the wonderful memories. Players like Murali, Sachin etc should never retire. It is too abrupt for us to handle it. They have been such a part of our daily lives so much that it is so hard for us to take it now.. It would be good if the papers say something like "Murali decided to skip the India-SL test series", then before a new test series starts, "Murali decided to skip the SL-Aus" test series and so on.. that way, we have a small part in our heart that tells us that they are not retired, while we get familiar with their absence. :-)

  • on July 23, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    44039 balls and 800 wickets in 665 days of Test cricket. What an amazing feat.After so much criticism and ridicule you have shown the cricketing world that your focus, positive attitude and endurance have conquered them all.Congrats Murali , may you continue to serve Sri Lanka on and off the field.You have been a shining example to the rest of the cricketing world.Good Luck and Best Wishes in your future endeavours.

  • STres on July 23, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Just to add to what someone has written, Bishen Bedi was very jealous man because he could not achieve anything, he is also from what I have herd on the payroll of the Aussies, how else can you explain his out-bursts. Remember Warne chucks at 90% but nobody comments.

    Warne is no roll model for youth - let me ask you one question - will any of you tell your Son, Daughter, Young Brother to emulate Warne who was charged for Sex offenses in England and caught for drug taking in South Africa.

    So pls be proud of Murali he may be born a Sri lankan but he is Asian he belongs to all of you, be you Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi etc:, he has your same values and culture that is why he is humble, and has no accusations as did Warne . Long live Asia

  • on July 23, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Great bowler in the sub continent. Pity he couldn't produce the same performances in Australia where he claimed only 12 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 75.41 per wicket. In fact , his overall average against Australia is over 35 runs per wickets. I guess the Aussies didn't have trouble playing him. Enjoy retirement. Won't be another like him..

  • on July 23, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    this is very good news for cricket ..his bowling action is very bad ..he is big chucker ...and sri lanka team prepare all pitch for murali ..and he always take wicket for tale ender..he is very bad bowler ..i request icc pls dismiss his all wicket 800=0 ..he always take advantage of home ground …..god save sri lanka ………..and India must stop to play with sri lanka …………….no more match with lanka …

  • wd786 on July 23, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Weldon Mr.Murali..

    we proud of you..

    waheed

    Pakistan

  • Raviss on July 23, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    MURALI! A True Legend.. an inspiration for youngsters, the original smiling assasin.. what a great bowler! really Test Cricket will b very poorer widout him.. sadly this day will also b remembered as the day spin bowling died!! hope he continues to play ODIs n Twenty20s. Youngsters should make him a role model not just for his bowling, but for the way he carried himself! a remarkable end to an even more remarkable career!! though I support India, I really wanted Murali to take 800 wickets n SL win the match for him! What an achievement to take so many wickets, defying all odds n criticsm n humiliation of being called for throwing!! Hats of to u Sir! SL cricket has a huge hole to fill! Am called Murali in my team, but am not I dont even bowl 1% of what the great man bowled throughout his career! We will miss u in Tests a lot!! Best of luck for ur future!!God bless u

  • wd786 on July 23, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Weldon Mr.Murali. we proud of you..

    waheed

    Pakistan

  • on July 23, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    surely a legend, career spanning 18 years with 800 test wickets. He left behind all the allegations of chucking and continued the good work of playing for sri lanka. Congrats Muralitharan

  • Magray on July 23, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Murali! You are OUTCLASS no doubt

  • atulks1963 on July 23, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Murlidharan retired from test cricket after capturing 800 test wickets is a stupendous achievement. Due to the increased influence of limited over cricket across the globe, the amount of test cricket to be played is going to be reduced. So it seems that it will be next to impossible to break this record. But one thing should be taken into account. When Murlidharan, Warne and Kumble emerged on the scene, limited over cricket had established itself and due to this the technical capabilities of batsmen got reduced. Had Murlidharan, Warne and Kumble bowled against batsmen of the calibre of Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Greg Chappell, Sunil Gavaskar, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Gary Sobers to name a few, they would have not been that successful. I cannot rate Murlidharan a greater bowler than Jim Laker or Prassana who in their heydays bowled these guys mentioned above.

    Atul, Mysore

  • deeponk on July 23, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    The contribution of Arjuna Ranatuna in Murali's career is emmense. The way Ranatunga walked out from the ground in protest of umpires NO BALL decision against Muraili, I wander any ohter Sub-continent captain could ever do that again. Ranatunga saved Murali's career that day. My Salute to Ranatunga.

  • on July 23, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Murali, one of my favorite player. We will miss you Murali, you really were the wizard of spin.

  • Gonsy on July 23, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I think the Australians forget that the so called greatest Shane Warne was banned for a year by the ICC after being tested positive for using drugs.. they hardly talk of it...instead keep charging Murali when he was cleared from all charges... Warne was never cleared..So my friends i guess there is no second thoughts on the true LEGEND MUARALII!!!!!!

  • Gonsy on July 23, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I think the Australians forget that the so called greatest spinner of all time Shane Warne was banned by ICC for a year after being tested positive for using drugs,they hardly talk of it...and just keep charging Murali when he was cleared of all charges....Warne was never cleared...So my friends there i guess no second thoughts on the true LEGEND.. MURALII!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Shane Warne was no chucker mate... Warne and Muralitharan were both terrific spinners and I think that Muralitharan proved himself to be the better of the two. I have followed Muttiah's bowling from the very first day I started watching cricket and his action and his intensity always kept me glued to the television. He gave something to the game that not a lot of others have. He is loved by so many people on and off the field and he has kept himself out of trouble, despite all of the fame and publicity. He will be missed by all (maybe not the batsmen as such, haha) and I can't wait to see the up-and-coming spinners that the finest off-spinner (and spinner in general) was referring to.

  • on July 23, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    We salute you Sir!!! He's the best ever bowler in the cricketing history. Skill, Performance and character wise

  • on July 23, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    To those who say he chucks try bowling with a crooked arm and see if you can take wickets

  • Mutukisna on July 23, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Muralitharan is not just the greatest spin bowler of all time but also the greatest bowler. To all those detractors who vilify him and doubters, we can only say one thing. Murali is the greatest because during the course of taking 800 Test and 515 ODI wickets was not banned from international cricket for taking drugs whether his mother was responsible or not! If Her Majesty the Queen was the Head of State in Sri Lanka he would no doubt have received his knighthood. We expect President Rajapakse will bestow honours on this great man and gentleman soon.

  • Gupster on July 23, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Glad to see some credibility will finally be restored in cricket with the retirement of Murali. You will not be missed. You're a cheat and worst of all you know this and continued to play. Good riddance!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    I have always thought will he ever get tired of taking wickets?...atlast the time has come he himself felt it...wonderful cricketer wit an awesome character...SL will b badly missing u murali, no matter whoever comes in ur place...I cant name a single world class spinner anywhere in the world after u stepping out...

  • on July 23, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    I was there at Galle joining 1000s of others who simply came to the ground to pay tribute to one of the greatest sons of Sri Lanka and you made it even more memorable by picking the 800th!!! Thank you sir, for all the joys you've given us.

  • Edassery on July 23, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Hats off to you smiling assassin! In fact, though I am an Indian, I badly wanted India to loose since yesterday morning to get that 800th wicket amongst the run-out and related anti-climax...

    Murali's life is a great example of simplicity maintained throughout his life despite having massive wealth and fame. Wish many of those youngsters who forget their past after just one or two success take his life as an example. We have also heard that he's done tremendous charity work as well.

  • STres on July 23, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Well done Murali, well done SL p It is a pity that there are still a few jealous stupids around, my hats off to Sachin, Dhoni, Harbajan,Lara, Dravid, Shastri, Gavaskar, Imran, Wassim, Rameez, Botham, Tony Greg etc: I can go on and on. these are people who know cricket and bowling better than any other on this planet, They all say that Murali is the greatest ever, in fact Dravid paid Murali a great tribute yesterday when he said that he was the most difficult bowler he has ever faced, this puts aside unqualified claims that Warne is better, an opinion pushed by the Colorless of Australia and supported by only their bowlers and a few of their supporters in Colorless England and few sponsored Indians.

    he is a Chucker- my foot, then my dont we check all bowlers, it will than be evident that the biggest chucker is Warne with his 90 % bent arm, so lets not behave like stupid idiots or undeveloped kids suffering from a mental dysfunction, let us a true Asians support a son of Asia.

  • ToMegaTherion1986 on July 23, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    And crickets says goodbye too another legend of the game. Well done Murali for all you've achieved over the years. It has been a pleasure to follow your career. The Sri Lankan team will struggle without him, but Mendis is a good find and im sure he can step into Murali's shoes.

  • on July 23, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    End Of an era. Murali is truly a legend. There will never be another Muralitharan. For Sri Lanks Post Vass- Murali era has just begun. Both of whom have been outstanding and had been the architects of many a Sri Lankan Victories. Lets hope that the other bowlers can stand up and deliver.

  • Markus971 on July 23, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Champion Bowler..Up there with all the other Champ's of International Test Cricket!

  • rhi44 on July 23, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    The greatest spin bowler of all time, take a bow! Sure Warne stands alongside in terms of magic, but you were a great human being, putting up with humiliation throughout with a smiling face. Unlike Warne, you never cheated or took money....only took wickets! Cricket will miss you. And your record will stand for ever, unless they get robots to play test cricket in the future.

  • lelouch on July 23, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    dhishumdhishum I am not suprised by your idiotic comments, because many people in the world today still rely on the naked eye, rather than science and biomechanical testing. No one cares what you think, your opinions are invalid and dated. It's a good thing the decision makers in the ICC are not narrow minded bigots who can't accept scientific evidence.

    Congrats Murali on a wonderful career.

  • Mannix16 on July 23, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    what a legend. looking at his stats i see that nobody ever got even close to him (for 5 wicket and 10 wicket halls the person that comes second barely has half the amount he does). And a great fairytale end to magical career of murali. one of the greatest of all time

  • LineNLength on July 22, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Congrats and well done Murali. I am an Indian fan but in my mind, you were the greatest spinner of all time. Above all you were always a gentleman and a consummate professional. We will miss you.

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    We will miss you Murali!

  • m.shujaat on July 22, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    a brilliant sportsman...a real gentelman..

  • kiraj777 on July 22, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    A legend not just because of the number of wickets he has taken and the number of world class batsman he has flummoxed by his wizardry but more so because in spite of all the he has remained such a humble human being. Words are just not enough to describe a period of Murali Magic and we are fortunate to have seen the greatest spinner to have ever played the game. Warne was probably the most talented spin genius with his share of controversies and eccentricities but Murali will be the greater soul, the role model. Very similar to a Lara - Sachin comparison.

    The smiling assassin will be missed!

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Congrats Mura. You really have nothing more to achieve. You brought great pride to all Sri Lankans around the world. Hats off to u!!

  • Scgboy on July 22, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    I agree with Jonsey2, but hats off to the man and well done on a fine carrear

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Congratulations Murali. Job well done, now hang up your boots and have a relax on the beach with your friend.

  • on July 22, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    nobody can't break murali landmark within decade or more thats for sure because of icc they reduced number of test matches and who ever break this landmark in near future he would have been perform consistant basis 8 to 10 yrs and beside that without injury,there is lots of star out there but become a super star you need to prove something special and murali proved it.

  • getrealforreal on July 22, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    A true class act. He'll be missed by the cricket world but it's wonderful to see the greatest bowler and a great cricketer of all all time retire at the pinnacle of his career with his head held high and on the shoulders of his loving team mates.... Sanath , please please take note, it's still not too late.

  • Valsgum on July 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Murali - you are a nice guy and everything but you wouldnt have gotten 800 wickets had it not been for "chucking".

  • on July 22, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    u rock man wishes from pakistan

  • sgkrao on July 22, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I have to agree with Bishen Singh Bedi - The ICC rewrote the rules for what is considered 'chucking' so that Murali could continue bowling. That very act was a great injustice to the game and spirit of cricket - nobody is bigger than the game - not Murali, not Tendulkar and rules are to be followed not amended to suit one's disability or shortcomings. Very soon, they may make a rule that if a batsmen is injured/hurt while batting and cannot come to play when his team needs him to save the test match, then the opposition will have to settle for a draw - new rule on compassionate grounds you know. How about a new rule that the umpire can favor a losing side once during the match? or a designated batsman getting another chance to bat after he is out - you want to make the game interesting first, rather than being fair?

    In my book, Murali will always be a chucker - Warne is the best followed by Kumble when it comes to spinners. Murali does not appear on the radar.

  • gandabhai on July 22, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    You smiling assasin . You are a champion .I am so gratefull to have lived in an era with so many GREAT cricketers ,i e , Lillee,Marshall,McGrath,Warne,Murali, Imran, Hadlee, kapil, Botham,Lara & Tendulkar

  • DhishumDhishum on July 22, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    I am not surprised because of this number,as, mostl records these days are done mostly by people who do not deserve as the decision makers are not qualified to judge.It is known to the whole world that Murali chucks.

  • CavemanX on July 22, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    TOP STUFF MURALI. A true legend. I will miss Murali in test match cricket.

  • vaks on July 22, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    am an Indian....murali deserved everything.....8 wickets to get to the mark of 800....n a win for srilanka in his last test...he's truly a great cricketing legend n also more than that, was a great human being......

  • BellCurve on July 22, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    I disagree with the great man. He has a lot more to achieve (and give!). Why not go for 900 wickets? It would put daylight between him and Warne. Also, if you look at the biggest contributor in the history of the game Murali (800 wkts and c.1300 runs) is only slightly ahead of Kallis (266 wkst and 11,000+ runs). This is of course assuming that 1 wicket is equal to around 19 runs. Another 10 Tests or so and Kallis will overtake Murali...

  • on July 22, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Hats off to you, Murali. Records are meant to be broken but I think this record will take a very very long time to be broken. You are a good human being, humble and talented. I always loved watching your bowling and more so when you torment the batsmen with your spin. I am sad to see you go but then got that 800 mark which will be a huge huge satisfaction and a win in your last game. It can't get better than this Murali. On the other hand, I am happy that we will see you in the World Cup and ODI's and am sure in the IPL next year. Love you Murali.

  • abdulhakam on July 22, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Abdul Hakam from Sri Lanka, first thanks to cricinfo for giving indelible photos of murali's unforgettable movements. I already commented on "Galle test against India to be muralitharans's last" that i begged murali to play next test too for that historic 800. I followed cricinfo's ball by ball commentary from University of Peradeniya nervously, and ultimately I went to seventh heaven!!! What a great dexterity!!(Can you remember Dhoni's challenge?)

  • Bharat_123 on July 22, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    I am an Indian and i can say from my heart that Murili is truly the best bowler the world has ever seen. You talk about the likes of Wasim Akram, Glenn Mgrath and even Shane Warne although he is an exceptional bowler. Any bowler to get 800 test wickets is no walk in the park. And to take 8 in the last test to get there. Hats of to you Murili you truly are one of my heros. Hope you the best of luck in the future with your wife and son. My i seen the scenes as Murili got his 800th wicket. It comes to my mind when Sachin retires what will be the scenes then. Only God knows that when Sachin retires the whole world will know. Sachin and Murili batsman and bowler you are my heroes.

  • inswing on July 22, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    A fitting ending for the greatest bowler that ever lived.

  • Sidath346 on July 22, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    You are the greatest bowler this world has ever seen Murali and I agree with Sanga when he says there will not be another Murali and I don't think this record will ever be broken as it is the most difficult to break.

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Well done Murali, i am an Aussie but well done, great career you and Warne are the greats of a the modern generation in spin. Well done, but Warne its the greatest of all time.

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Simply the greatest. Period! We are surely going to miss you. Proud to be an Antonian! Eagles fly high and you sir, have surpassed the skies.

  • Stark62 on July 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    It was unfortunate that a disgraceful umpire such as d.hair had deemed you as a "chucker" when clearly you are like everyone else who tried achieve their dream of playing for their nation and helping them win matches. But obviously those dreams may have been shattered due to your arm being abnormal but I am glad that you weren't marred by stupid idiots saying you are "chucking" and you proved them wrong with the help of technology.

    I salute you Mr. Murli on a great test career!!!!

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Hats off to u Murali...a great character

  • GoldenDuck2010 on July 22, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Hats Off to you...Silent Assassin...You have stolen all our hearts althroughout these years...We will miss you...will miss your smile...wide eyes...return catches...the doosra...Match-winning balls...You have been a role model...true gentleman...fighter...You are in my top3 of alltime greats fighting for the top spot with Sachin..I liked the way you handled all the brickbats from downunder..with grace...Way to go...Signingoff in style..Noone could have scripted it better...Dream career..Dream ending...Wish you had played for my homeland (India)..but love to have you as our brother-in-law..Good luck with your second innings...Will miss you...Murali

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Well done Murali! Cricket is going to miss! So long for good spin bowling!

  • on July 22, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    a true champion wit an unbeatable record , way to go Murali!

  • Murtaza90 on July 22, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    one ov the most humblest cricketer its not only abt the wickets a true legend v'll miss u Murli :)))

  • Dip29 on July 22, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Salute to this man. He single handedly turned lanka team from a ordinary side to one of the top teams in world in 18 years.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    murali...ever since i was born i have looked after your ccareer with outstand espectations.....you are the best....a living breathing legend that will be missed and rest assured your creative bowling will never die.....great names go before great men but it is muralitharan's character that counts and my wrd his character shines and will continue to shine...murali will always be a champion and i believe thatit was by god's devine will that he get sri lanka a win and collect the last wicket of the test match in grand style...god bless you murali

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    We'll miss u Murali. You are the best and well done

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    bye bye -- spin master -- You will always be remembered as one of the past-time greats

  • Mahiru on July 22, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    today i traveled a considerable distance to galle, just to watch murali taking 800 and so he did..i do have to admit that i was tryng hard to hide my tears when the thought crossed my mind, "no more Murali in the white kit".. that was pretty hard to make up my mind

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    He is a champion ... I love you murali.

    He is a great human being, humble police. HIS record is IM-Possible to break, even impossible for Bhajji.... Being an INDIAN I was wanting a draw in this match..

    But, god was with Murali, he bowled superbly and made his last test memorable. We all the Entire WORLD of cricket will remember MURALI for ever...

    I hope INDIA now need to prepare against Mendis.

    More-over.. I think DHONI should have not played this match.. his mind was with his wife... so he is getting out :) :P

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    This is one Record that'll be broken after a very very long time.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    This is what is called destiny, this again proves the fact that someone called God really exists and it was his gift to bless Murali with such a beautiful career and with his 800th test wicket in his final test match. Hats off to Murali's charitable acts also... May cricketers like him be born again and entertain cricket crazy freaks like us.. Long live cricket, long live humanity... Please don't let terrorism effect such a beautiful game.. I really really pray to God that even the day when Sachin Tendulkar retires he will play such an unforgettable match for India... Thanks to all the cricketing legends who have entertained us so far... Murali is a real class act and I don't see anyone getting close to him if test cricket survives...

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Salute the One of the Masters of cricket - doesnt matter whether its pace or spin - what he achieved is unassailable for atleast 10 yrs from now. just had a thought of how will the scene be when sachin retires - for sure it will be at mumbai - alrady tears running through. murali wil be misses by cricket

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    yes it's the right time ..... you can't force your body to play 5 day match if it can't hold the pressure

    i think no one can break that "800 wicket record" cause not like old time now cricket turning into good business , players can't play more than 10-12 years

    i'm 100% sure no one going to cross "Shane Warne - Muraliderons" highest wicket records ...

    after them still active bowler is " M Ntini" with 390 and that tells something

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/content/records/93276.html

    See you in ODIs n T20s MURALI !!!

  • dhanusha_so on July 22, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    You cant really compare Murali and Warne.. Murali is far better bowler than warne.. some people say since murali is getting so much overs to bowl in a test match he is getting this much of wickets or may be cuz he is mostly playing with countries like bangladesh and zimbabwe.. my point is tht when u compare his one day stats vs warne one day stats, still murali is far better than warne or anyother bowler.. remem in oneday games he is allowed to bowl only 10 overs for a match as warne and also sri lanka plays crickets with alot of countries when it comes to onedays.. and even in 2007 world cup he got 23 wickets.. and there is another point too.. people r accusing murali for grabbing most number of wickets from bangladesh and zimbabwe.. where as warne;s most number of wickets come by playing against a spin week side like england.. if murali got a chance to play more matches against england, he will finish around 1000 wickets.. so he is Worlds Best Bowler.. and King of Spin...

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Thank you for serving the world of Cricket. I will never ever forget you Murali. You are truely the best. Being a kandyan I am proud of how you have been humble all this time while tumbling the world's greatest batsmen. May you have a long and healthy life with the support of you wife and son.

  • Philip_Gnana on July 22, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    The greatest spinner of all time. Let no one deny you of that praise. Murali, you have been the perfect sportsman. You have let the ball do your talking. We will miss you greatly. Your work rate and the yeoman service to the Nation in virtually carrying SL cricket on your shoulders, like a bull under the yoke ploughing the fields through days.. you have been just that for us. No complaints, no sulks, no defending, you just got on with it. Well done Murali. If not for you SL will not have been at this level and able to take them all. What a wonderful send off. Super ground, the back drop, the crowds, the enthusiasm, the spirit. If not for the years that had been lost that was deprived at your prime, you would have been further by now. Continue you good work. Your charitable deeds will always along with your cricket, will leave a lasting legacy. Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    i'm indian but will say MURLI was always GREAT

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    A great end to a legendary career, a memorable finish to a Test match against my favourite opposition, the Indians.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    We'll miss u Murali. I don't see any chances of spinners of your caliber emerge in the near future.

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    "I have nothing more to achieve..."

  • on July 22, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Murali is no doubt a legend of World Cricket..but the question still remains the same. Is he better than Warne, stats will tell Murali is indeed better but as we all know, Sri Lanka only had Murali and somewhat Vaas in last decade, whereas Australia had Lee, McGrath, Gillespie and co ..but who cares ;) Murali did what he does best. Winning it for Sri Lanka..and yes Murali apart from a good player is a very very good person, that adds alot of respect which Warne failed to do so over the years

  • GulliDandaKirkut on July 22, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    What a legend. A fitting end to an exceptional Test career. Good luck for the future, Murali.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Murali is the best ever cricketer on earth who faced all the criticism and allgations against him and never ever gave up to those cruelity by selfish,rude and pointless people who havent figured out the huge amount of service to cricket provided by the master spinner who is at top of the world in both forms of the game,today he bids adieu to the format he loved most and which he had greater success. He could have played on for another 2 years maybe, but his humble approach of giving the future of SL cricket a chance to breed more and more muralitharans to come is very understandable considering the overs and wickets taken at this format and with his fingers tiering up,nevertherless its not goodbye Murali,we hope to see again soon in the World Cup and also in T20s,its been a remarkable end to a illustrious career for Murali in Tests,We wish him all the best for his future endavours.Love you Murali..

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    A true Champion and what a landmark he has achieved. I seriously doubt if anyone can ever beat this record. We Will Miss him...

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 22, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Oh, also wonderful to see him thinking of the up-coming spinners who will now have a chance to play since he is retired.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Murali is the most deserved spinner to reach this number..No doubt

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on July 22, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    great legend,,,proud to be a Kandyan....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 22, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    A real dream end for Murali. A great servant to the game.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Now sign as Kolpak for Worcestershire next year mate. We're bloody desperate

  • Bang_La on July 22, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    A truely GREAT Cricketer! Thank you Murali for appearing in your lifetime as a cricketer. We will cherish our memory with you. Keep that smile all the times even once off the field. Good luck.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulations, Murali!

    What is impressive in his statements at the conclusion of his glorious career is that he comes across as a man who put his team first. I have seen that with Mahela Jayawardene too who unslefishly relinquished captaincy years ago to let the new captain grow into the job in good time for World Cup 2011. I cd notice Mahela being more eager than ever and more eager than Murali for the 800 landmark. This indeed is team spirit.

    Both these players make Sri Lanka, nay the entire cricket world proud.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    I dont think anybody else in cricket history has such a great farewell. I am an indian fan still i am so happy that Murli has achieved this feat. Today i had the same feeling while waiting for Murli's 800th wicket as it was when Kumble had taken 9 wickets against Pakistan and we all were waiting for that last on. Throughout his career Murli fought so many battles and now he comes out as a clear winner. My wishes for Murli for his retirement life, hope to see some more of you in ODIs...and also for 5 more years in IPL.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on July 22, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    If a bowler takes 8 wickets in a match, it is not his time to retire. Maybe his magic is gone, but he is still an asset to the team. Maybe he should rest and come back after a while. Why is he not targeting 1000 wickets? He still has many years. I remember Fred Titmus spinning the ball at the age of 42 and still being useful.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Murali,your are a true legend, as a sri lankans we are so proud of you murali, there will be no one like you in the future, we will be sadly miss you!!! Good luck for your rest of the future.

  • KaZsa on July 22, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    What a player...What a talent...What a human being...True champion indeed...There will never be another Murali.....Its not only the 800 that makes him great...But the kind of the person he is...He will always be remembered as the proudest son of world cricket!!!

  • rugveda78 on July 22, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    A great farewell to a great player. Although I would honestly not have liked him because of his action. I believe, with this action, he shouldn't have played Test Cricket ever. But nevertheless, talking of his achievements, it is a great list & salute to him from the bottom of my heart. He always played like a true champion bowler & I wonder how he lasted for 18 years with that action, hurting his wrists. I guess, though there were times he was carted around the ground, he still remains to be a great person with a never-say-die attitude, just like our own Anil Kumble; always giving 100% against the batsmen, whoever they were. He truly deserved a victorious ending & apart from that action, his attitude towards the game truly deserved the golden figure of 800 test wickets.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Thank you murali for everything. It is sad that we won't be able to see you in the ground with the white dress. All the Best Murali!!

  • MrFahd on July 22, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Magician with a ball in his hand! more than 60 5 wickets haul in an inning means, that he has almost won SL more than 30 tests all by his performance... simply gonna... BOW DOWN to you...

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    well done murali a true legend and one of the best of all time

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    The greatest champion spinner of all time.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    I was praying for some rain in the second session but in the end the right team won.799 would have been the right magical number like bradman's avg. Now ojha will be remembered forever:)

  • Hindh on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Among the farewell tests The last test of Ganguly when India beat Australia in Nagpur,was a great win for India and ganguly.This test was similar to it. Congrats Murali from India.

  • jerryman on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    congrats to Murali , great match and a fitting tribute to get the 800 wickets and a graet win for SL. India will be disappointed in their bowling ,SL bowlers outshone them and was the difference , even the Indian batting must be of some concern as they lost this test in about 3 and a half days if you take the time lsot to rain and bad light . I thought Malinga was the difference in this victory ...

  • dhanusha_so on July 22, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Well done Murali... u r a living legend... and i hope u wont end up doing politics.. just be like aravinda de silva.. aravinda is the real example for a real living legend... this match was almost like a hindi movie.. anyway i hope murali will help out our younger generation with spin bowling.. Selectors also should take notice about Suraj Randiv, Sohan Boralessa and Ajantha mendis alot... they are our future now.. And also i wish murali will give us a good farewel like this in the 2011 world cup.. all the best murali..

  • Grungean on July 22, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Congratulation Muralitharan on your record, and have a great post-retirement life :)

  • on July 22, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali sir.. You are a true inspiration for so many youngsters... leading the way and showing the way how to live life king size... ever so humbly.. World cricket will miss you..

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  • on July 22, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali sir.. You are a true inspiration for so many youngsters... leading the way and showing the way how to live life king size... ever so humbly.. World cricket will miss you..

  • Grungean on July 22, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Congratulation Muralitharan on your record, and have a great post-retirement life :)

  • dhanusha_so on July 22, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Well done Murali... u r a living legend... and i hope u wont end up doing politics.. just be like aravinda de silva.. aravinda is the real example for a real living legend... this match was almost like a hindi movie.. anyway i hope murali will help out our younger generation with spin bowling.. Selectors also should take notice about Suraj Randiv, Sohan Boralessa and Ajantha mendis alot... they are our future now.. And also i wish murali will give us a good farewel like this in the 2011 world cup.. all the best murali..

  • jerryman on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    congrats to Murali , great match and a fitting tribute to get the 800 wickets and a graet win for SL. India will be disappointed in their bowling ,SL bowlers outshone them and was the difference , even the Indian batting must be of some concern as they lost this test in about 3 and a half days if you take the time lsot to rain and bad light . I thought Malinga was the difference in this victory ...

  • Hindh on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Among the farewell tests The last test of Ganguly when India beat Australia in Nagpur,was a great win for India and ganguly.This test was similar to it. Congrats Murali from India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    I was praying for some rain in the second session but in the end the right team won.799 would have been the right magical number like bradman's avg. Now ojha will be remembered forever:)

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    The greatest champion spinner of all time.

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    well done murali a true legend and one of the best of all time

  • MrFahd on July 22, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Magician with a ball in his hand! more than 60 5 wickets haul in an inning means, that he has almost won SL more than 30 tests all by his performance... simply gonna... BOW DOWN to you...

  • on July 22, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Thank you murali for everything. It is sad that we won't be able to see you in the ground with the white dress. All the Best Murali!!