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

'We couldn't have scripted it better' - Sangakkara

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said his team couldn't have scripted it better after they beat India by ten wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts experienced the dual joy of winning comprehensively and watching Muttiah Muralitharan bag his 800th wicket in his final Test to seal victory.

"When we came here on the first day, we got to a good start, "Sangakkara said. "The second day was washed out and there were some doubts in my mind whether we could get a result. Once we got that 500 platform and the way Lasith (Malinga) bowled, there was no way we were going to lose the match," Sangakkara said.

Sangakkara said Murali, despite talk of whether he would get to the 800-wicket landmark, remained focused on winning the Test. "What we spoke about was let's enjoy. There was no other person to do it than Murali. We've got to enjoy the test because he had done so much for us over the years.

"There's nothing more we can do, we wanted to win this match. Murali never spoke about the 800 wickets, although the press did. He was focused on winning the match."

"I don't think we gave Murali a gift, he gave us one. At the start the game I said that if Murali picks up eight wickets, we will win the match. He got eight wickets and on the other hand Malinga gave good support. As a team, we are thrilled that in his last game, Murali, like he has done for 18 years, gave us one more win."

Sangakkara also paid tribute to Murali for his contribution to Sri Lankan cricket and hoped he would continue to remain part of the set-up. "We are indebted for him for all what he's done. People like Arjuna (Ranatunga) were able to get us to this state. After 18 years for the work load he did, Murali is retiring from Tests today, but I feel as a team we are happy that we played with him for so long and hopefully he'll join us in the ODIs. If we can get Murali's service in some way or the other, even as a consultant or just to come and sit and have a chat in the dressing room is a great thing. I don't think anyone in our dressing room gets the amount of respect Murali does."

Murali and Lasith Malinga shared 15 of the 20 Indian wickets, and Sangakkara said they, along with a strong collective performance with the bat in the first innings, kept the pressure on India throughout. "It was important that we used Lasith and Murali in spells that counted and got us wickets. I think every spell they bowled they managed to do that.

"You can't forget Tharanga Paranavitana's contributions with the bat, as well as Rangana Herath's and Malinga's. Those are things that won us the game. Lasith came and did what he usually does for us in one-day cricket. The Indians were constantly under pressure. When something gives, usually a couple more follow. We are happy with that."

Malinga returned to the Test format after almost 30 months, and Sangakkara said it was a challenge to have him fit throughout. "We've been trying to get Lasith to play all forms of cricket for two years now. We believe in him immensely. He's a fighter, works as hard as anyone as I have seen. He prepares well to play matches for Sri Lanka. Unfortunately he was feeling a bit stiff. We don't want to bowl him into the ground. You know, we've done it with Murali for so many years. He's feeling it now.

"Test cricket is like that. It's a hard place for bowlers. Everyone forgets how difficult it is to be in the sun and bowl constantly on sometimes wickets that give you very little. With our cricket board we have been discussing to introduce a bonus scheme for bowlers who play an x number of games per year. At the end of the day, an injury will end your career. This is the prime form of the game and we need everyone hungry to play in this form," he said.

Murali was irreplaceable, Sangakkara said, and the onus was on the rest of the bowling unit to step up in his absence. "My theory is that I am not going to look for another Murali because you are not going to find one. There'll be just one.

"For me, leading out the side without Murali is a huge loss. But it gives us an opportunity to see how really the other bowlers will be able to give us test wins. I don't think anyone is going to take us eight-fors and nine-fors for us. They might to do it once in a while. We'll share the wickets out, do the hard work necessary and win games for Sri Lanka by bowling the unique way."

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  • sachin_vvsfan on July 24, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker And which pakistani middle order batsman are you talking about? and what have they done ?

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    congrads murali, it was a great achievement considering all the road blocks put in by Australia (at least 10% of the country) what most of murali's accusers who says he chuck and warne deserve the record conveniently forget is that warne was banned for a year taking performance enhancing drugs. so pls keep that in mind

  • kates15 on July 24, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: I agree the current indian team which is playing in SL is not the best but to rank india 5th u need to do some serious learning of game and especially test cricket 1) Australia :- will definitely agree with you on this 2) South Africa :- Drew with england at home, drew with india in india just won against hopeless WI from last 3 test series. prior to that lost to aus at home. So definitely not a clear no 2. 3) England :- R u kiddin me!!!! 4) Sri Lanka :- Lets not talk of series win here lets talk of test wins here "0" in India, SA and aus. so i guess if fully fit india is close 2nd to aus with sa.

    Most over rated batsman of all time Tendulkar is not winning anything for India ??? look at recent results from last two years u will know ur answer

    dude next time use statsguru. fyi KIWIs have the best batmen in their team by name Daniel vittori :- and its no joke HAHAHAHAH

  • Nampally on July 23, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    SL owed this victory to Murali. He put in his vintage performance in his farewell appearance. At the same time SL was lucky to face India's second string bowling due to injuries to Zaheer & Sreesanth. Even Harbhajan was bowling weakened by Flu. To top it all, India's fielding lapses allowed 2 Centurians who capitalised on dropped catches to the tune of over 100 runs. This aided by the luck of winning the toss resulted in a lop sided result. It will also be difficult for Malinga to reproduce the same performance again.I personally feel that the next 2 tests may result in closely contested matches especially if India win the all important Toss. Gambhir who has always been a big performer in SL, failed twice. He is due for a big innings. If Gambhir & Sehwag are at their best, then SL will have the tables reversed on them. But the Galle test belonged to Murali the Great who Sanga rightly says cannot be replaced. Farewell & happy retirement Murali. You are the greatest.

  • thenkabail on July 23, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Indian selectors (Srikanth and co.) are a joke. They are ruining Indian cricket. It is time to drop Laxman and Yuvraj and replace them with Pujara and Rohit Sharma immediately. Early next year they need to replace Sachin and Dravid. It is hard to say with whom. have to llok for real talent out there. In bowling, what is the point of selecting people like Ojaha, Ashwin etc, who can hardly take a wicket at test level. Mithun needs all encouragement. Bring in Unadkat and Harmeet Singh. Piyush Chawla needs a long run. Prpbably Murli larthik. But stop selecting jokers. The # 1 ranking is a joke. India can not be number 1 without defeating Australia in Australia, South Africa in South Africa and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Please fire Srikanth.

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    noone is better then murali-

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Murali the one and only of his kind. A legend, tormentor of batsmen all over the world. We salute him for the services rendered not only for SL cricket, but also other social activities done through his foundation. Specially, construction of 1000 odd houses for Tsunami victims in the Seenigama, south of SL. After retirement from test cricket he is going to build another housing complex in Mankulam, nothern SL for the benefit of internally displaced persons due to the war between the govt. forces and the LTTE. Three hearty cheers for Murali, living legend, hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray!! hip hip hooray!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Somehow I feel more connected to Srilankan cricket than the Indian cricket

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Thank you, thank you and thank you Murali. You will be missed on the field, but please don't go away from the team, get dug in the coaching and other matters show them it can be done better, just like you did better on the field. If any official makes you feel uncomfortable, I will campaign on your behalf. Playing is only one of your abilities, there is more to you. You can heel Sri Lanka and her cricket (if needed).

  • nk_sharma on July 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    All the best Murali. You have been a great cricketer and human being. But having the extra advantage (natural bend in wrist/hand) in action, he can not be considered as the greatest spinner. In my opinion, he may be ranked third best spinner after Warne and Kumble.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 24, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker And which pakistani middle order batsman are you talking about? and what have they done ?

  • on July 24, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    congrads murali, it was a great achievement considering all the road blocks put in by Australia (at least 10% of the country) what most of murali's accusers who says he chuck and warne deserve the record conveniently forget is that warne was banned for a year taking performance enhancing drugs. so pls keep that in mind

  • kates15 on July 24, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: I agree the current indian team which is playing in SL is not the best but to rank india 5th u need to do some serious learning of game and especially test cricket 1) Australia :- will definitely agree with you on this 2) South Africa :- Drew with england at home, drew with india in india just won against hopeless WI from last 3 test series. prior to that lost to aus at home. So definitely not a clear no 2. 3) England :- R u kiddin me!!!! 4) Sri Lanka :- Lets not talk of series win here lets talk of test wins here "0" in India, SA and aus. so i guess if fully fit india is close 2nd to aus with sa.

    Most over rated batsman of all time Tendulkar is not winning anything for India ??? look at recent results from last two years u will know ur answer

    dude next time use statsguru. fyi KIWIs have the best batmen in their team by name Daniel vittori :- and its no joke HAHAHAHAH

  • Nampally on July 23, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    SL owed this victory to Murali. He put in his vintage performance in his farewell appearance. At the same time SL was lucky to face India's second string bowling due to injuries to Zaheer & Sreesanth. Even Harbhajan was bowling weakened by Flu. To top it all, India's fielding lapses allowed 2 Centurians who capitalised on dropped catches to the tune of over 100 runs. This aided by the luck of winning the toss resulted in a lop sided result. It will also be difficult for Malinga to reproduce the same performance again.I personally feel that the next 2 tests may result in closely contested matches especially if India win the all important Toss. Gambhir who has always been a big performer in SL, failed twice. He is due for a big innings. If Gambhir & Sehwag are at their best, then SL will have the tables reversed on them. But the Galle test belonged to Murali the Great who Sanga rightly says cannot be replaced. Farewell & happy retirement Murali. You are the greatest.

  • thenkabail on July 23, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Indian selectors (Srikanth and co.) are a joke. They are ruining Indian cricket. It is time to drop Laxman and Yuvraj and replace them with Pujara and Rohit Sharma immediately. Early next year they need to replace Sachin and Dravid. It is hard to say with whom. have to llok for real talent out there. In bowling, what is the point of selecting people like Ojaha, Ashwin etc, who can hardly take a wicket at test level. Mithun needs all encouragement. Bring in Unadkat and Harmeet Singh. Piyush Chawla needs a long run. Prpbably Murli larthik. But stop selecting jokers. The # 1 ranking is a joke. India can not be number 1 without defeating Australia in Australia, South Africa in South Africa and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Please fire Srikanth.

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    noone is better then murali-

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Murali the one and only of his kind. A legend, tormentor of batsmen all over the world. We salute him for the services rendered not only for SL cricket, but also other social activities done through his foundation. Specially, construction of 1000 odd houses for Tsunami victims in the Seenigama, south of SL. After retirement from test cricket he is going to build another housing complex in Mankulam, nothern SL for the benefit of internally displaced persons due to the war between the govt. forces and the LTTE. Three hearty cheers for Murali, living legend, hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray!! hip hip hooray!!!

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Somehow I feel more connected to Srilankan cricket than the Indian cricket

  • on July 23, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Thank you, thank you and thank you Murali. You will be missed on the field, but please don't go away from the team, get dug in the coaching and other matters show them it can be done better, just like you did better on the field. If any official makes you feel uncomfortable, I will campaign on your behalf. Playing is only one of your abilities, there is more to you. You can heel Sri Lanka and her cricket (if needed).

  • nk_sharma on July 23, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    All the best Murali. You have been a great cricketer and human being. But having the extra advantage (natural bend in wrist/hand) in action, he can not be considered as the greatest spinner. In my opinion, he may be ranked third best spinner after Warne and Kumble.

  • tanstell87 on July 23, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    @Kiwi Rocker....r u a nz or pak supporter...India deserves no 1 spot....dis Indian team has won test matches in every country...only losing series in Australia 2-1(had d decisions in Sydney test wud hav been fair,d result wud hav been different)....South Africa & Sri Lanka(dey came close...lost 2-1 in both series)India has beaten everyone at home....dey def NZ last year...get ur facts rite buddy....dis team has defeated every team at home...so dey deserve & r number one....guess with u...a case of sour grapes !!!!

  • KiwiRocker- on July 23, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Indian team is full of over hyped and over rated players.Indian selectors can not make hard calls.Can we please get real and admit that ICC ranking system is flawed that no one seems to care just like IPL.Ranking does take into consideration how much cricket you play and win and not necessarily where you win.India lost last series in Pakistan 1-0. India drew series in NZ. India drew series with South Africa at home.India has not won series in Sri Lanka since zillion years.Current Indian team is 5th in world.Australia is still best team followed by S.Africa and England.Sri Lanka is next on the list.Most over rated batsman of all time Tendulkar is not winning anything for India & Indian bowling is pathetic.Harsha is right that bowling wins matches but actually Indian batting failed in first inning and even in the tour match.Has anyone seen Amir, Asif, Gul & two Pakistani middleorder batsmen?India has to do same thing and bring in youngsters for Bhajjan, Laxman, Yuvraj and Sharma..

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on July 23, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Murali is a great bowler. Let us give him credit but not go around badmouthing other bowlers. That is a discredit to the sport and does the sporting Murali a disservice. Warne and Murali are the best of friends and, in Sri Lanka's hour of need after the tsunami, were both there to lend a hand to the survivors. So, as we pay tribute to the great Murali, don't spoil it by demeaning Warne - let us be thankful that we were alive when these fantastic bowlers were around and playing at their peak.

  • Aussasinator on July 23, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I salute Murali, the best spin bowler the world has seen. Wish him all the best in future.

  • on July 23, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    He has and always did chucked the cricket ball !!!! Not one of those wickets count.

  • on July 23, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    No doubt he is the master of spin..u could see them in early days from murali ..hard spinning off spin balls from way out side the off stump...even in the last match he got a wicket in that way...but i like his more attacking straight and doosra bowling..good bye Murali..

  • natmastak_so-called on July 23, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    well played sl.I really admire this team coz of its great fighting spirit. for IND its same old story.they've always been complacent in their first match of tour (be it with bangladesh).so hoping for IND's comeback.congrats murli & team srilanka.

  • Mark00 on July 23, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    Greatest spin bowler of all time. Not only are his stats are better than Warne's, he retains his advantage in away performance (outside the comfort zone of home conditions) even when you standardize for the number of deliveries bowled.

    What becomes clear is that Warne's average was significantly improved by the massive number of matches he played against England.

    Had Murali played as many against England, he would have taken more wickets and had an even lower average than what he finished with.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on July 23, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Murali, if you are reading these comments, then I would like to congratulate you on reaching this milestone. I have been watching Murali play for the last 2 decades and I grew up watching him play and I want to thank him for entertaining all of us. He is definitely the best bowler I have ever seen. I just wish this guy could be the future bowling caoch of Bangladesh. Anyway, Murali enjoy your retirement and you have served Srilanka superbly well and us Bangladeshis will miss not seeing you bowl anymore. Well Done!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaggadaaku on July 23, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Well, Dhanusha, the side of Australia had atleast 2 great pace attackers every time. Therefore, Warne did not have to bowl much in ODIs. While S.Lankans side never had 2 great pace attackers every time. So, the whole responsibilities of attacks always was coming on the spinners of S.Lankan side-Murlitheran. In many ODIs, Warne did not bowl 10 overs because it wasn't needed. On the other hand S.Lankan side, Murlitheran almost always had to bowl in full spell. By Murli's bowlling related numbers, he is the greatest bowller in the world and in history. But don't forget his suspicious bowlling action. You are a Sri Lnakan, and you may not like this, but the truth is truth. But I wouldn't be mute saying Murlitheran is a better human being then anybody in the world, and a way better than Harbhajan Singh because finally he got 800th wicket and he only smiled. On the other hand, if Harbhajan got this achievement, I am sure he would run to the pavilion, grab the flag of his country and-ALL KNOW

  • VishyWish on July 22, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Hey Guys, I am an Indian but did not mind lossing this match. If Murali who is a very good humane being and the best Asian spinner in recent times is to get his 800 and script such a farewell, the result is not going to hurt me. Hopefully for many Indian fans. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MURALI HAS BEEN A REAL AMBASSADOR FOR SRILANKAN CRICKET, GIVEN THE DIVIDE BETWEEN TWO GROUPS. HE HAS SHOWN THE WORLD THAT SPORT CAN UNIT PEOPLE. IS THERE ANYONE BETTER THAN MURALI?

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Wonder to which country would Murali's son play!!!!

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    With Love and Admiration to Murali Cricket is played by Gentleman.You Murali!proved that you are the greatest living Gentleman Crciketer of all time.Namashkar Murali you are indeed the role model for all Cricketers.May you live long and impart your knowledge of cricket to the youth of your beloved country SriLanka.Tilak Ratnasekera.

  • getrealforreal on July 22, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    I think Murali and Vass have kept things classy to the level that they still have a chance to come back to the side if they are still performing and willing to do so. Vassy took the cut to his heart and he's actually proving naysayers wrong by killing it in the counties. I don't think anyone called for Murali's head because he's one of a kind and unlike batsmen who need the quick reflex and fast bowlers with the stamina, being a spinner is doable into the 40's.Plus Murali decided that he's going to go out holding his head high and by dominating the game as he has always done without letting the game dominate him instead. Santh on the other hand made an example of how not to close out a career getting involved in petty politics to stay on in the side. Three great players, three different approaches to ending their career... or maybe not.. we shall see.

  • on July 22, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Hats off to the Lord of Spin!

    I disagree on some lines from dhanusha_so's comment. If you cannot compare Warne with Murali, then how do we compare a Rank5 team (England) with Rank9 team (Bangladesh). However, wicket from any International Team is not cheap for that reason! 8 Centuries in Wickets! All Hail the Lord!!!

  • manjula.mh on July 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    All the people who say that murali has bowl more compared to warne... i say they are very very very stupid people. Because thats why you have someting call STRIKE RATE and muralis STRIKE RATE is better than warne.Like all the other stats

  • chandau on July 22, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    YEP, is time to walk the talk. for some time now there have been calls to include new blood in the XI, to discard Sanath, Murali Vass. Now the last of the troika who were instrumental in most of our wins , be it test ODI or 20 cricket has left the scene, partially may be. All 3 guys are still harboring thoughts of a one last hurah at the world cup 2011. Time will tell who gets to be there. For now lets wait and see how well the TEST team does without their main strike weapon for so long.

  • dhanusha_so on July 22, 2010, 17:19 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...

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  • dhanusha_so on July 22, 2010, 17:19 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...

  • chandau on July 22, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    YEP, is time to walk the talk. for some time now there have been calls to include new blood in the XI, to discard Sanath, Murali Vass. Now the last of the troika who were instrumental in most of our wins , be it test ODI or 20 cricket has left the scene, partially may be. All 3 guys are still harboring thoughts of a one last hurah at the world cup 2011. Time will tell who gets to be there. For now lets wait and see how well the TEST team does without their main strike weapon for so long.

  • manjula.mh on July 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    All the people who say that murali has bowl more compared to warne... i say they are very very very stupid people. Because thats why you have someting call STRIKE RATE and muralis STRIKE RATE is better than warne.Like all the other stats

  • on July 22, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Hats off to the Lord of Spin!

    I disagree on some lines from dhanusha_so's comment. If you cannot compare Warne with Murali, then how do we compare a Rank5 team (England) with Rank9 team (Bangladesh). However, wicket from any International Team is not cheap for that reason! 8 Centuries in Wickets! All Hail the Lord!!!

  • getrealforreal on July 22, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    I think Murali and Vass have kept things classy to the level that they still have a chance to come back to the side if they are still performing and willing to do so. Vassy took the cut to his heart and he's actually proving naysayers wrong by killing it in the counties. I don't think anyone called for Murali's head because he's one of a kind and unlike batsmen who need the quick reflex and fast bowlers with the stamina, being a spinner is doable into the 40's.Plus Murali decided that he's going to go out holding his head high and by dominating the game as he has always done without letting the game dominate him instead. Santh on the other hand made an example of how not to close out a career getting involved in petty politics to stay on in the side. Three great players, three different approaches to ending their career... or maybe not.. we shall see.

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    With Love and Admiration to Murali Cricket is played by Gentleman.You Murali!proved that you are the greatest living Gentleman Crciketer of all time.Namashkar Murali you are indeed the role model for all Cricketers.May you live long and impart your knowledge of cricket to the youth of your beloved country SriLanka.Tilak Ratnasekera.

  • on July 22, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Wonder to which country would Murali's son play!!!!

  • VishyWish on July 22, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Hey Guys, I am an Indian but did not mind lossing this match. If Murali who is a very good humane being and the best Asian spinner in recent times is to get his 800 and script such a farewell, the result is not going to hurt me. Hopefully for many Indian fans. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MURALI HAS BEEN A REAL AMBASSADOR FOR SRILANKAN CRICKET, GIVEN THE DIVIDE BETWEEN TWO GROUPS. HE HAS SHOWN THE WORLD THAT SPORT CAN UNIT PEOPLE. IS THERE ANYONE BETTER THAN MURALI?

  • Jaggadaaku on July 23, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Well, Dhanusha, the side of Australia had atleast 2 great pace attackers every time. Therefore, Warne did not have to bowl much in ODIs. While S.Lankans side never had 2 great pace attackers every time. So, the whole responsibilities of attacks always was coming on the spinners of S.Lankan side-Murlitheran. In many ODIs, Warne did not bowl 10 overs because it wasn't needed. On the other hand S.Lankan side, Murlitheran almost always had to bowl in full spell. By Murli's bowlling related numbers, he is the greatest bowller in the world and in history. But don't forget his suspicious bowlling action. You are a Sri Lnakan, and you may not like this, but the truth is truth. But I wouldn't be mute saying Murlitheran is a better human being then anybody in the world, and a way better than Harbhajan Singh because finally he got 800th wicket and he only smiled. On the other hand, if Harbhajan got this achievement, I am sure he would run to the pavilion, grab the flag of his country and-ALL KNOW

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on July 23, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Murali, if you are reading these comments, then I would like to congratulate you on reaching this milestone. I have been watching Murali play for the last 2 decades and I grew up watching him play and I want to thank him for entertaining all of us. He is definitely the best bowler I have ever seen. I just wish this guy could be the future bowling caoch of Bangladesh. Anyway, Murali enjoy your retirement and you have served Srilanka superbly well and us Bangladeshis will miss not seeing you bowl anymore. Well Done!!!!!!!!!