Sri Lanka news July 6, 2010

Galle Test to be Muralitharan's last

Cricinfo staff
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Muttiah Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, will retire from Test cricket after the first Test against India in Galle, which begins on July 18. While he will not play the subsequent tri-series, and will pick and choose which ODIs to play in, Murali will be available for selection if the team needs him for the 2011 World Cup, which Sri Lanka is co-hosting.

Cricinfo has learnt that Murali met Aravinda de Silva, the chairman of selectors, and captain Kumar Sangakkara over the weekend to discuss his future. He was asked to consider playing the full series against India, but he was unsure about being at his best if bowled heavily throughout the series.

"Murali has been thinking for some time about the right time to go," a source close to the offspinner told Cricinfo. "All along he has been determined to go while he is still performing rather than just hanging on. He made the decision last week after the Asia Cup and met with the selectors and captain over the weekend to explain to them his position. He is really keen to play on to the World Cup but at the same time he does not want to stand in the way of younger talent. So he will see how things go over the next few months."

Kushil Gunasekara, Murali's manager, said the unscheduled Test series against India had made Murali fast track his decision to retire. "The selectors want Murali to be around just in case they don't find a suitable replacement for him for the 2011 World Cup," he said. "They probably want the spinners to work around Murali."

Murali also considered a stint in county cricket, playing for Surrey, but that is unlikely because Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) doesn't want him to play too much cricket before the World Cup. Cricinfo also learnt that the selectors and management have privately communicated their desire for him to play on until the World Cup, counting on his experience in the big tournament.

About a year ago, Murali had announced he would retire after the home series against West Indies late this year, but in last November he said he could advance the Test retirement. "I am 37 years old and I can't bowl as much as those days because I get tired after 15-16 overs," he had told Cricinfo then. "But I will try and play a little bit of one-day cricket - that's only 10 overs to bowl. If I find everything is not going well I might retire from both forms of the game before the World Cup."

Murali has taken 792 wickets in 132 Tests and 515 wickets in 337 ODIs. Galle will be an interesting shot at retiring with 800 Test wickets.

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  • Jim1207 on July 9, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    And, those say that Warne was robbed off the world record by Murali with a illegitimate action, here's a point for you all. How many times could Warne have taken drugs and got some of those 700 wickets! Who can prove that Warne's 700+ are legitimate! So, rather than lamenting about chucking, lets please get on with the life and give warm wishes to everyone, in spite of what happened. But, I am not sure how Malinga's bowling is legitimate, if that's correct, I do not feel any slightest doubt over Murali's action.

  • Jim1207 on July 9, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Lots of respectable people say that ICC's rule was changed for Murali and thus he doesn't deserve the record. The point here is he had been born with a defect in his hand, unlike all of us. Yet he managed to practice the bowling and excelled upto this level. If ICC had been lenient, it had been for that defect and not for him! And, anyone arguing about his defect is like fighting for a seat in bus with a handicapped person. No one can prove that the rule prior to the change was perfect, it was just created in the very beginning as a concept. And, Murali still proved his consistency with the new rule and umpires have no right to call him after that on the field, if anyone doubts still that he did chuck beyond in real match situations, a video footage of that needs to be shown to public and make people believe that he's a chucker. If no one could do that, no one has any right to call him a chucker anymore.

  • on July 9, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Will miss you lot murali,but it is good decision because we have some good young players to carry your work,hope you will serve sri lankan cricket after retired .And i hope you will take the 8 wickets to go for the 800 wickets in test.

  • Karl_L on July 9, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Murali well done mate! It is sad to see you go but all good things have to come to an end. You have done your legion of supports and country proud! You are the best bowler ever!because no other bowler would have been able to achieve what you have with so many people looking to discredit you every time you bowl. The Australians talk about giving people a' fare go', I don't see them giving Murali one. What is even more shame full is every time he bowls they shout 'no ball' and that's getting a bit old! I like to believe they are too ignorant or foolish to read that he has been cleared several times.People are always scared of something they cannot explain. Come on Murali...if your body lets you lets add one more world cup..... And keep on smiling Murali.. because that is true mark of champion...:)

  • on July 8, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali. You have provided the entertainment for the masses for all these years, both in bowling and batting. There are many rednecks out there, who still could not comprehend the fact that a non Aussie is retiring as King Of Bowling. They could not comprehend the fact that a non white had bamboozled them over so many years. Technology had proved them wrong time and again but they are not ready to accept. I wish that you pass on your legacy to someone who could be like you. All the best to you!!!

  • Mahiru on July 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    i'm glad to see many of his critics getting furious after seeing how the huge majority appreciates him..cricket will miss a great human being and a Gentleman.. unlike warne who was a rowdy.. now can anyone remember how warne cheated by taking illegal drugs and blamed his mom for that?? its not the records that matter but the conduct

  • PANCAKEPRANAVAN on July 8, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    A BIG HATS OFF TO MR.MUTHIAH MURALITHARAN("THE WICKET MACHINE"). I HAVE SEEN AND ENJOYED YOUR BOWLING THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. I CANT SAY ANYTHING ELSE FOR NOW BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE SRI LANKA'S GREATEST CRICKET SERVANT. ONCE AGAIN A BIG HAT'S OFF TO YOU. ALL THE BEST AND AWAITING TO SEE YOU BOWL IN THE WORLD CUP.

  • Dravid_Fan on July 8, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    As a non sri lankan its nice to know that murali wont be in SL XI anymore!!! I am happy he has chosen his retirement date rather than leaving it to the selectors. enjoyed his bowling all along except when he bowled to an indian batsmen. Warne is a great bowler no doubt but i dont remember him troubling any indian test batsmen whereas murali has troubled them all but for sehwag. And he had very few oppurtunity to bowl against the Englishmen against warnes 5 in every two years. Would have missed few hundred wickets there. In the last two decades i could remember only two batsmen, lara & sehwag, who played/read him well. Thats some achievement....

  • dishands on July 8, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Just the perfect time to retire!!! yes you showed that 800th wicket is nothing to u!!! That how great players are! don bradman 99.94. he could hv played another match to get 100, but cz he is a great player he didnt!! All the best Murali. Hope sana will get a lesson from this!!!

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Good Luck to you Murali..... best wishes to your future... True hero of mother lanka who brought much deserve PRIDE by doing what he love for 20 years.... we will miss you...... but will be remember FOREVER........ Thank you very much for every thing you did.......................!

  • Jim1207 on July 9, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    And, those say that Warne was robbed off the world record by Murali with a illegitimate action, here's a point for you all. How many times could Warne have taken drugs and got some of those 700 wickets! Who can prove that Warne's 700+ are legitimate! So, rather than lamenting about chucking, lets please get on with the life and give warm wishes to everyone, in spite of what happened. But, I am not sure how Malinga's bowling is legitimate, if that's correct, I do not feel any slightest doubt over Murali's action.

  • Jim1207 on July 9, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Lots of respectable people say that ICC's rule was changed for Murali and thus he doesn't deserve the record. The point here is he had been born with a defect in his hand, unlike all of us. Yet he managed to practice the bowling and excelled upto this level. If ICC had been lenient, it had been for that defect and not for him! And, anyone arguing about his defect is like fighting for a seat in bus with a handicapped person. No one can prove that the rule prior to the change was perfect, it was just created in the very beginning as a concept. And, Murali still proved his consistency with the new rule and umpires have no right to call him after that on the field, if anyone doubts still that he did chuck beyond in real match situations, a video footage of that needs to be shown to public and make people believe that he's a chucker. If no one could do that, no one has any right to call him a chucker anymore.

  • on July 9, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Will miss you lot murali,but it is good decision because we have some good young players to carry your work,hope you will serve sri lankan cricket after retired .And i hope you will take the 8 wickets to go for the 800 wickets in test.

  • Karl_L on July 9, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Murali well done mate! It is sad to see you go but all good things have to come to an end. You have done your legion of supports and country proud! You are the best bowler ever!because no other bowler would have been able to achieve what you have with so many people looking to discredit you every time you bowl. The Australians talk about giving people a' fare go', I don't see them giving Murali one. What is even more shame full is every time he bowls they shout 'no ball' and that's getting a bit old! I like to believe they are too ignorant or foolish to read that he has been cleared several times.People are always scared of something they cannot explain. Come on Murali...if your body lets you lets add one more world cup..... And keep on smiling Murali.. because that is true mark of champion...:)

  • on July 8, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Hats off to you Murali. You have provided the entertainment for the masses for all these years, both in bowling and batting. There are many rednecks out there, who still could not comprehend the fact that a non Aussie is retiring as King Of Bowling. They could not comprehend the fact that a non white had bamboozled them over so many years. Technology had proved them wrong time and again but they are not ready to accept. I wish that you pass on your legacy to someone who could be like you. All the best to you!!!

  • Mahiru on July 8, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    i'm glad to see many of his critics getting furious after seeing how the huge majority appreciates him..cricket will miss a great human being and a Gentleman.. unlike warne who was a rowdy.. now can anyone remember how warne cheated by taking illegal drugs and blamed his mom for that?? its not the records that matter but the conduct

  • PANCAKEPRANAVAN on July 8, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    A BIG HATS OFF TO MR.MUTHIAH MURALITHARAN("THE WICKET MACHINE"). I HAVE SEEN AND ENJOYED YOUR BOWLING THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. I CANT SAY ANYTHING ELSE FOR NOW BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE SRI LANKA'S GREATEST CRICKET SERVANT. ONCE AGAIN A BIG HAT'S OFF TO YOU. ALL THE BEST AND AWAITING TO SEE YOU BOWL IN THE WORLD CUP.

  • Dravid_Fan on July 8, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    As a non sri lankan its nice to know that murali wont be in SL XI anymore!!! I am happy he has chosen his retirement date rather than leaving it to the selectors. enjoyed his bowling all along except when he bowled to an indian batsmen. Warne is a great bowler no doubt but i dont remember him troubling any indian test batsmen whereas murali has troubled them all but for sehwag. And he had very few oppurtunity to bowl against the Englishmen against warnes 5 in every two years. Would have missed few hundred wickets there. In the last two decades i could remember only two batsmen, lara & sehwag, who played/read him well. Thats some achievement....

  • dishands on July 8, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Just the perfect time to retire!!! yes you showed that 800th wicket is nothing to u!!! That how great players are! don bradman 99.94. he could hv played another match to get 100, but cz he is a great player he didnt!! All the best Murali. Hope sana will get a lesson from this!!!

  • on July 8, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Good Luck to you Murali..... best wishes to your future... True hero of mother lanka who brought much deserve PRIDE by doing what he love for 20 years.... we will miss you...... but will be remember FOREVER........ Thank you very much for every thing you did.......................!

  • on July 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Right Time to go...Good luck murali...

  • AvmanM on July 8, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Will not miss him. Quite clearly had an illegitimate action. His "star" status stole the limelight from much harder-working SL bowlers like Chaminda Vaas. Warne remains the greatest spinner of all time.

  • SanketGandhare on July 7, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Murali is with ball ... just like sachin with bat....sachin most runs in test and odi n also centuries......murali most wickets in test and odi n also 5 wicket hauls....same class ..same spirit and temprament..muralis retirement end the 20 yr era of spinner wit all the three greats shane warne,anil kumble n murali retired.....muralis more wickets against less fancied teams like Zim n BL n less against best like aus,SA n Ind in their home doesnt make his class less ...but same as anil n warne.....miss u murali.!!!!!!!!!

  • kktharan on July 7, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    no murali.........................

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 7, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    A well timed retirement after a great and distingushed career. After plaguing the techniques of nervous and incapable batsmen for years and setting them utterly impossible riddles of flight and spin throughout, Murali looked like he was all too playable last year in the Tests in India. It was a sad sight and he is very right to go now. A very great bowler and, for all the world to see, a very fine and charming human being. He was also a top tailender for the comedy in his batting, fit to rank alongside Devon Malcom and Courtney Walsh. Sri Lanka will now be far easier to play against.

  • Godfather007 on July 7, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    U will definitely be remembered as one of the greatest servants of game of cricket.Good bye Murali

  • nadeem5GNewKarachi on July 7, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    great player, great human being, alway smile, murli a Pakistani fan also miss you a lot. best wishes for your future. murli you bring winning phenomena in to sri lankan team. Please please get 800 and then retire.

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Those who call him a chucker are the people who are simply jealous of this great man. I pity for them and their souls. SL cricket will miss Murai. He will be remembered as the greatest bowler ever. Good luck Murai.....

  • SAUMYAALOYSIUS on July 7, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    He has done the right thing since when someone reaches the summit of his career he should step down. Hats off Murali for the service rendered. Thanks 4 everything you have done.

  • Divinetouch on July 7, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Thanks very much Murali.

    As for the other 'human beings' who want to cast aspersions on you, please ignore them and continue to be the gentleman you are.

    May BHAGAVAN bless you and your family immensely and divine grace be your constant companion.

    sincerest gratitude.

  • MFNadeem on July 7, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    SHOULD HAVE STAYED FOR FULL SERIES TO GET 800. Great players have great attitudes, so no worries.

  • kdcricket on July 7, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Genuises always get brickbats...when Bradman was scoring like crazy, you had Harold Larwood who at least had the guts to admit that he was simply daunted by the great man and when you had Murali taking wickets by the dozen you had an assinine, inscrupulous, cowardly,dastardly and shameless Darell Hair whol literally had to be kicked out of cricket...

  • nataraajds on July 7, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    End of a great spin bowling era of Murali & Warne. Murali the great ,took srilankan cricket to the highest level & within 25 years made Srilanka one among the strongest team. this is great and even future generation wil remember these two greats.

  • WC96 on July 7, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    This is for all the doubters out there...why not you try bending your arm and picking up about 800 wickets? Spin is imparted by the wrist and fingers and not the elbow!

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Always sad to see one of the great players go thank you Murali the best spinner ever. Your determination as a bowler against all odds show us how to handle tuff situations as u have been through out your distinguished carrer thank you again Murali the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    i am from pakistan but i like murli a loooootttttttttttt...i hope he finishes his last test with 800 wickets in the bag

  • Boris72 on July 7, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    I think it will be great if he finished on 799 wickets. Kind of like Bradman falling for a duck in his last test and leaving his average as 99.94. In 50 years time are you more likely to remember Warne getting 700 wickets in one of his last Tests, or Murali ALMOST getting to 800. I think it also leaves a bit of a challenge behind, he's telling the other bowlers around the world that he could have gotten to 800 but he's choosing not to, now let's see if you can get it.

  • madmadmadaxe on July 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    My all time favourite cricketer. I was so sad to see he was retiring, but so happy he's been around so long.

    Met him once - truly a wonderful soul. Had that big smile on too. Farewell. You were the best.

    Glenn from Australia

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    We may loss one of Greatest Cricketer in this era.

  • on July 7, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    MURALI UR IS LEGEND. SRI LANKA PROUD OF U. BEST OF LUCK IN WORLD CUP 2011.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on July 7, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    This is a great day for cricket. After so many years the cricketing world will get rid of a chucker. Hopefully ICC will revert the stupid 15 degree law which was introduced just to allow a chucker to keep on cheating.

  • on July 7, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Congratulations Murali. You have proved that you don't need to bowl legitimately to become a legend. Go the chucker!

  • Nishard on July 7, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    v gona miss a legendy cricktr, murali plssssss reach 800 wckts.......wish u all da bst.........4 ur future..........

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 7, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    He is still performing so I think he should keep playing. As a spinner, being 38 shouldn't be a major handicap. Shane Warne retired prematurely and could still be playing at the elite level now. I think that Murali should keep going until he hits the magic 1,000 wicket mark in tests, or until his form dips significantly.

  • melissaliwill on July 7, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    yeah!some people say Stats never lie, in this case they definately do... Murali would always be remebered as the Sri Lankan Cricketer with an illegal action who robbed Warne of the world record..! not a bad batter but...

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Murali is a true sporting legend and as a Sri Lankan, I am proud to salute this great human. Best of luck Murali!

  • Charindra on July 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Ah, the greatest spinner ever.... He's one of the main reasons I went from a cricket FAN to a cricket FANATIC. it happened while watching the Oval test in 1998 when he took 16 wickets. Been hooked since then. :)

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    This is rediculous!!! why can't he play all three test matches.. then he can complete his 800 surely.. i'm really dissapointed on this decision.. btw i wish he colud get complete his tally with 800 wickets..

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    we are loosing a nice human being in cricket

  • Indian_Legends on July 7, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    I am Indian, but still would like to see Murli achieve his 800th wicket and then retire. He is such a wonderful player and person. Hats off to him for such an exceptional carrier..............

  • Raj_pandian on July 7, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Am from India, but i like Murali a lot.. Very calm, cool and most of all he is not egoistic.. Its very difficult to find a replacement for this smiling assasin... Greatest spinner ever.. Srilanka would definitely miss him... Hi Murali you are a legend....

  • on July 7, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    We'll loose a great Cricketer in the 21st Centuary. "Greatest Bowler Ever made"

  • Sampath_KCS on July 7, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Murali is the Best Off Spinner the game has ever produced if not the Greatest Spinner. Like Warnie said, for some its Sachin, but for some its Lara when its comes to the Best Batsman. Apart from all his bowling records, he stands as one the greatest human beings to play the game who had the courage & the determination to overcome all the obstacles which came his way. All the Best Dear Kandyan Legend !!!May the Triple Gem Bless You !!!

  • abdulhakam on July 7, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Sad to hear!! i always like great records. pls play whole series and land on 800 milestone. even though i'm pak supporter my favourite bowlers are wasim,murali and warne. MURALI PLS DON'T MAKE A HISTORICAL MISTAKE WHICH CANNOT BE UNDONE! pls play upto 800

  • ashankar on July 7, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    People say that there is a political reasoning behind this. is it true???

  • madhukada on July 7, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Arguably the best cricketer the world has ever seen and definitely the best bowler ever is retiring from test crcket. Well Done on and off the field!

  • Chuchi on July 7, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    certainly hope that murali will b able to get to his 800th test wicket... i thought murali might retire from ODI's and play test cricket until he gets to his 1000th test wicket...

  • on July 7, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Thank you for all the the happy memory's. we are Proud of you! wish you all the Best Sir.

  • Benard on July 7, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    some people say Stats never lie, in this case they definately do... Murali would always be remebered as the Sri Lankan Cricketer with an illegal action who robbed Warne of the world record..! not a bad batter but...

  • kalistar7 on July 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    What a sad news from our legend it is not only to our motherland but also to the fullest cricket world. We salute Murali but we thought that you will be with our team until the world cup. murali your service will be very significant in the world cup in sub continant soil.anyway best of luck

  • joe_antony on July 7, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Murali is a great player. I feel glad to see him getting a wicket even against india. He might have played for Srilanka but he is in the hearts of millions of cricket lovers all over the world. Hope he shows up at IPL.

  • on July 7, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    You have done so much for sri lankan cricket sir.! We were honored to be born in the same country where the world best spinner has born. There is a end for every thing. good ends always make people remembered. We will be missing that sharp eyes, lovely smile & committed bowler in the longer version .! Many a years people will talk about you if will not find a game winning individual like you.! hats off to the legendary & hope sri lankan cricket will use him properly to make the successor .

  • deco6476 on July 7, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    A TRUE LEGEND !!!!!!!

  • Marcio on July 7, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    All the best to him. Everyone has to move on sooner or later. Despite the Sri Lankans who bash the ICC & those who questioned his action, you should be saying "Thank you." They could easily have banned him, no questions asked. Instead they bent the rules to accommodate him. I have no problem with that, though it was probably political. Even the most fanatic Murali supporter would have to admit that his action is borderline, and in my honest opinion he does cross the line at least some of the time when he bowls. At the very least, he 'looks' like he is throwing sometimes, so you can't blame umpires for having called him. It has nothing to do with his skin colour, a silly claim without the slightest shred of evidence. In fact, an identical bowler born in an Anglo country to Anglo parents would have been pulled aside BEFORE he made first class cricket. There are plenty of such cases. Still, I don't begrudge him anything. He played exceptionally within a system which accommodated him.

  • medhonifan on July 7, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I never think that the world would see another "smiling assasin".Thank you sir, for everything

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    I normally don't comment on any Cricinfo news, but today I was forced to when I read the news of Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement. Even though I am an Indian, and would always want a victory for India, I want Muralitharan to get the 800th Test Wicket in his last match.....

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Master of the Spin........even u in end of 30's we feel u r still so young enough to make a big sound in cricket........So sad to hear this news.....bcuse you u r one main person who take the name of our mother land to the World ............through ur finger tips...... GREAT MURALI ........we salute u ....& wish to take 800 wickets on next match.........

  • chandana1997 on July 7, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Thank you for gracing the game of cricket.You are a great person who brought fame to your motherland.You are a real fighter who fought bravely and emerge victorious.I wish you all the very best in all your future endevours.

    chandana

  • chandau on July 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Some comments here speak of "how Sri Lanka can replace Murali or Sri Lanka will be hard pressed to find a replacement for Murali". There is no question of replacing him 'cos there will never be another in our lifetime and more. He is a once in a lifetime phenomenon like the Haley's Comet. How wonderful if would be if the selectors let Vaasy also play alongside Murali in the India test. The 2 best bowlers of the country will then be able to say their farewell together as they have done for so many years in the past, for between them there are more than 2 000 Test and ODI wickets!!! We will never again see such performers so be glad of the privilege.

  • muizuzair on July 7, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    The greatest spinner ever produced by Srilanka. A legend in the history of world cricket who very much deserves the honorable title of 'Sir'. Good luck and thank you for stunning the world of cricket with your exceptional performances as a great bowler.

  • 2bnot2b on July 7, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    sir, you are not just a great spin bowler rather a great character, role model and sportsman. Youust don't belong to Sri Lanka, you belong to cricket and thousands of fans around the world. A few more like you will really make the cricket a true gentlemen sports which it has not been for a while. Wish you all the best in future.

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Sad to hear the intended retirement of Murali from Test Cricket. We salute him wholeheartedly for the services rendered to the nation and to the world cricket at large. We wish him good luck.

  • rtom on July 7, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    will miss your eyes while bowling.. those were really great !! hope world gets another spinner like him soon !!

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Murali had been, Murali is and Muralli will remain an all time great cricket legend of the time...... Through his sheer commitment, devotion and subtlety, Murali has been the greatest serviceman to all forms of the Cricket..... Long Live Muttiah Muralitharan...

  • ravirrs on July 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    great servant to SriLankan cricket. I'm an Indian, but a fan of his bowling and character :) Wish you success for new adventures to follow ! SL team will certainly miss teh big glaring eyes :)

  • redneck on July 7, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    just remebering muralis superb efforts against bangeldesh and zimbabwe 87 & 89 wickets against each respectivly!!!! a minnow basher and chucker! what a legend???

  • msuriyadas on July 7, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Murali Ayya We gonna miss you .Hope you'll get 800 Wkts before the retirement.

  • RahulSalian on July 7, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    One of the best Asian spinners.

  • gzawilliam on July 7, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    I wonder what would of happened to him had Ranatunga not stood up for him so proudly in australia. A weeker captain may of shrugged it off and continued and possibly ruined murali's career. Arjuna did the honourable thing and supported murali when he needed it most.

    Equally the best spinner the game has seen with shane warne. Its unfair to rate the two side by side. I think its fair to say murali the best offspinner the game has ever seen and warne the best leggie.

    And the chucking stuff just makes me mad. Whats he supposed to do? he has a deformity in his arm that causes the hyperextension and has the most flexible wrists in the game. Not his fault. I think saeed ajmal is more of a chucker. He looks to have a large bend in his elbow near release.

  • Rockstar123 on July 7, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    If warne is King of spin, Murali is the GOD of spin......probably the greatest cricketer to ever play the game and one of the most underrated, considering what he had to go through early on in his career because of these Aussies. All the best to u great man...the Tendulkar of Bowlers...

  • Rooboy on July 7, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Comments here calling murali the bradman of bowling indicate how delusional the murali supporters are. Bradman's average is 30-40 runs better than his nearest rivals, murali does not even have the best bowling average in history. If you want to ignore his action and praise him anyway, go ahead, but do it realistically. Comparing him (or any other cricketer) to the Don is an insult. @George Janev - you may wish he played for Australia but the reality is even had he been born in Aus, he never would have played tests for Aus because his action would have seen him weeded out of the game before he even reached state level. No Ball!!

  • Shafi79 on July 7, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    Probably the greatest sportsman who will ever come out of SL. truly am grateful that the murali era began whilst i was growing up so i never missed a thing including that amazing test match in england in 1998. take a bow murali you will surely be missed! Also one of the most humble and nicest guys going around in any sport i think lots of ppl can learn from him. The only dissapointment is that there are naysayers who will forever keep insulting him by calling him a chucker, ppl who dont listen to the arguments / evidence that is available i guess its inevitable, there are still ppl who dont believe that man actually landed on the moon ...

  • 9ST9 on July 7, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    It'll be a sad day- the last day that he bowls. for over a decade we were accustomed to see the menacing sight of him running into ball. Last day of a test match on a turning pitch with men around the bat murali continues to bowl away over after over- the sight will be everlasting etched in our minds.

  • satanswish on July 7, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Great Chucker finally retires!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    the greatest spinner ever..sri lanka cricket wil miss u badly..

  • Rajitha88 on July 7, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    go with statics ....then u can find BEST BOWLER ever..... if bradman is SIR DONALD BRADMAN .......murali u r SIR MUTTAIAH MURALIDERAN...... great murali.. god of the spin........

  • rohanbala on July 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    This gentleman will be surely missed by many.. Thanks Murali for your achievements. Your records will stay intact for many many years and so also your impeccable manners in the hearts of many fans. Hope and wish you get the coveted 800th wicket in the Galle test. You will remain a legend for ever.

  • jkaussie on July 7, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Loved watching him bowl...and for a while we had the best leg spinner ever and the best "offie" (though he could do everything!) dominating world cricket. Cricket watchers were spoilt for riches. Interesting to note that Warne dominated most countries except India and that Murali dominated most countries except Australia - just comparing performances and averages here. It will be sad to see him go - great smile, revolutionary spinner and happy go lucky tail-ender!! :) I wonder who will replace him and make people marvel at the skill?

  • balajik1968 on July 7, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    One of the finest people to have graced cricket. Sure there will always be talk about his action, but a bio-mechanical study established that all bowlers bend their forearms to about 15 degrees. It was'nt obviously seen for others but it was seen for Murali. So I think that should set the chucking controversy at rest. But more than anything, Murali should be remembered for the wonderful enthusiasm he showed on the field of play be it bowling, fielding or batting. More than anything, his batting was a real treat to watch. Over the last year, he has clearly lost his nip. But on the whole, let us get together and salute the man and wish him a wonderful life post retirement.

  • Jjerg on July 7, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    THE reason why this American fell in love with cricket. I wish I could have watched him spin in person.

    Jj

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Best Off spinner ever,we miss u murali

    fan from India

  • NIPE on July 7, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Best spin bowler world of cricket ever had "Mrali", we wish you all the best for your future.Thank you so much for the wonders you did for the game of cricket! We would like to see you hanging around with Sri lanka cricket and with the world cricket,specially to see some one like you in the future from Sri lanka or at least from India,Parkistan or Bangladesh as we need to bring back the world cup to Asia.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Thank you for gracing the Game Murali. His determination and ruthlessness whilst playing the game is just awesome! You will be sorely missed. Hope you have a wonderful retirement with your family.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Thank you for gracing the Game Murali. His determination and ruthlessness whilst playing the game is just awesome! You will be sorely missed. Hope you have a wonderful retirement with your family.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    No words could ever describe Murali's contribution to cricket and especially to Srilanka. His individual brilliance, ball-turning skill and fighting spirit has not only won him friends in Srilanka but across the world. Nonetheless, his hunger would have never ended for wickets so end is imminent. In an era where fast bowling has taken precedence over slower bowling, Murali along with Warne has preserved the art of slow-bowling. One has dimmed, and the other will soon in a couple of days. But the legacy that Murali will leave behind would inspire many to achieve greatness in life.

    Lastly, the number of wickets that this Srilankan legend has claimed with his mysterious bowling action will take decades to top in tests as well as ODIs. A message for Ross Emerson and Darrell Hair (the Australian umpires who no-balled Murali for his suspect action: your foolish attempts to degrade Murali could not stop him from achieving height that one could ever imagine.)

    I Salute Murali!!!!!!!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    I think he must retire after taking 800 wickets

  • on July 6, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    This is an extremely sad news, Cricket will be poorer without this magician. I have great respect for him, one of the most humble men in cricket. He has been a great role model. One of the greatest bowlers ever, the gap that he will leave will be hard to fill. Have a great life ahead sir, good wishes from Mayur, India

  • on July 6, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    I think the transition and stature Sri Lankan Cricket is having these days is due to Murali . He is a fantastic bowler and a champion cricketer. His services will always be missed by all the cricket lovers. Sri Lanka is a great nation who have supported through thick and thin and in trying conditions. All the Pakistani nation and cricket lovers salute you Murali. Best of Luck Champ.

  • h4haseeb on July 6, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    the best spinner of all time

  • smudgeon on July 6, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I always enjoyed watching Murali bowl (and likewise entertained by his "creative" approach to batting!), a true legend of the game. And more importantly, besides his amazing talent as a cricketer, he always had a smile on his face and went about his business with a good attitude. You can't ask for more than that. Even if we never see his like again, the game is better for having had him in it. All the best, Murali.

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    With Murali hanging his boots, a spinning era has come to an end following Warnie, Jumbo. These trio have prevailed for more than a decade in cricket world for their outstanding potential to spin the ball around batsmen through stumps. But, everyone has to call for a day, sometime, someday. I wish Murali all the very best in his future course of life. Had he chipped 1000 scalps. Had he been playing atleast upto the WC.

  • sixer-roger on July 6, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Its really sad to hear about his retirement. He is really one of the greatest match winner for Sril lanka. Probably srilanka wouldnot have been as stroung as now if they had not had Mularli's service. Murali can spin on any track, he can also do leg spin more than even traditional leg spinner. Having said that age is the fctor slows down every one. You may feel your favorite stars never retire but thats going to happen and we need to accept that. Thanks murali for all the great show which could watch during our lifetime. Hope you will make 800 sculps before you retire, I presume 1 test is good enough for you to get those 8 wkts. Good luck to you on your future endeveours.

  • NISH67 on July 6, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Murali was and is a national hero . He and Chaminda Vaas carried Sri Lanka's bowling attack for more than a decade and brought the team upto par with the other giants of world cricket . Its a timely and graceful decision by the man as Sri Lanka has many young spinners straining at the leash for recognition including Sachithra Senanayake who is now with the "A" Team in Aus , not to speak of Mendis and Randiv plus the experience of Rangana Herath and Malinga Bandara . It is also an abject lesson for some others who refuse to throw in the towel well into their 40's !

  • knowledge_eater on July 6, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    The most hardworking gifted magician. He represent his name. He represent many many many individuals from back home. I hope he sticks with cricket for a while even after retirement. He almost wore out his whole life for cricket. And I have never seen anyone forgetting crap throwing at him, still manages to answer and co-operate. People used him as a subject more often than he should have been. I am going to make controversial comment now, trio of Murali Warne and Kumble have shadowed fast legends. I know its controversial, but usually Spinners bowl longer spells and these three have overshadowed the belief of ONLY fast bowlers can win matches. They have debunked the myth of fast bowlers are the only match winners. I think his time from at least test has come. I hope he becomes inspiration for many individuals in Srilanka. This guy has worked hard for his country, and is a symbol of Peace. And as a bonus he can take any kind of catch and hit six to any kind of bowler. Peace

  • on July 6, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    its such a tribute to watch you play "MURALI ayya", ur smile says it all, you stand tall and still at end of your legendary career, for sure we'll really miss your foxy eyes and miraculous action, please be with us, with SL-Cricket forever, may noble tooth-relic of Kandy protects you and your family......

  • on July 6, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    The best off spinner ever to play the game. Sri Lanker will miss him dearly. Good luck in the future

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    With Murali, a phenomenon of international cricket is going to bow out. Those sparkling yet prey-searching eyes always made him an impact, as he kept trapping batsmen around the world with his spinning web of magic. His records nevertheless, speak of what a unique genius he was with his art and that too for more than a decade and half. The new range of tricks that he brought to the art of off-spin will be always be the peak point of his illustrious career, most importantly, the mastery of the cunning "Doosra". Hats off to the living legend. May he keep on nurturing young aspirants even after retirement so that Sri Lankan and world cricket may again witness the beauty of spin bowling at its best though chances are extremely less that we shall see a new Muttiah Muralitharan soon again.

    May he have the greatest life hereafter. God bless him.

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    With Murali, a phenomenon of international cricket is going to bow out. Those sparkling yet prey-searching eyes always made him an impact, as he kept trapping batsmen around the world with his spinning web of magic. His records nevertheless, speak of what a unique genius he was with his art and that too for more than a decade and half. The new range of tricks that he brought to the art of off-spin will be always be the peak point of his illustrious career, most importantly, the mastery of the cunning "Doosra". Hats off to the living legend. May he keep on nurturing young aspirants even after retirement so that Sri Lankan and world cricket may again witness the beauty of spin bowling at its best though chances are extremely less that we shall see a new Muttiah Muralitharan soon again.

    May he have the greatest life hereafter. God bless him.

  • Sahilskt on July 6, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Juggler of spin bowling with wonderful and astonishing record, I am hoping this is quit impossible to reach at this intensity. He still have chance to reached 1000 benchmark!

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    WE gona miss great murali and the world cricket... there will be no one to replace murali in world cricket for ages.. wish you all the best and tx what you have done to srilankan cricket in decades.

  • Stark62 on July 6, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    In my opinion he is the best spinner to ever play the game!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Murli played the last test at the galle against India

  • farazzubair on July 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    It is so sad to know but it is true that the end looked near for the past couple of years.he may still have picked up wickets but it didnt look that he was at this threatening best. nevertheless to me he is the greatest spinner of all times and stands alongside some of the greatest players in the History of Cricket. Best of luck Murali. I would still love to see you in 2011.

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    One of the legends........ all the best Murali

  • chandau on July 6, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Murali is to bowling what Bradman is to batting. There will never ever be another in our lifetime and more!!! Finally the toll of bowling 50+ overs per inning has taken its toll and his shoulder can no longer support the rigors of cricket. Whether he gets to 800 or not (and i wish him all the luck to get it) no one will surpass him. People must remember him as a great man who never sought for himself but always put the team needs first. He could have been the captain as the senior-most member but for MurLI positions accolades and brickbats were all part of the game. Also he should be remembered as the one Tamil who in his own way tried to show how everyone can live and perform in harmony bu never forgot his roots. Be thankful everyone, for you have been lucky to witness the greatest bowler of all time in action. Cheers MURALI, you are simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone else who played the gentleman's game. Chandana SRI LANKA

  • boingo on July 6, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Nice enough guy but.....CHUCKER!!!!!!!...it's as simple as that.

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    The world cricket will miss one more great spinner,after Warne and Anil Bhai...... Murali is one of the best sportsman the world cricket had witnessed so far..

    Murali: All the very best for your future..Hope to see you in 2011 World cup next year....

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    I strongly believe that Murali is a chucker.....if some white man says that, then he is accused of "racial discrimination".......he is not even a bowler in my eyes.....getting sick of this political correction

    Among spinners, Mr Warne is best because he is not a chucker

  • MichaelHall on July 6, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Great cricketer who will be remembered for his bowling and the doosra. Sri Lanka will miss him and so will I

  • saransrl on July 6, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    dear mr. murali.. i have follow u since u play st anthonys katugatotata till date.u r the best bowler. Ur decisison is correct to give way to youngstres. I hope u Will help SRL CRICKET develment in future. GOOD LUCK MAGIC MURALI.

  • IJustLoveCricket on July 6, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Thank god Murali is retiring... I'm just completely bored of watching this guy turn up day in and day out for tests, odis, t20s and what not... Guess it's time for srilanka to produce another spinner who will force ICC to review their chucking laws and increase elbow rotation by another 5 degrees...

  • mumbaiguy79 on July 6, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    finally the chucker retires!

  • on July 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Yes he did chuck, yes he did bend his arm more than the accepted angle and the Asian powers bent the rules for him. But even without the thrown doosra, he was still a quality bowler It seems like he was also a really good bloke. Despite the fact I think he chucks, I still hope he gets 800!

  • tjsimonsen on July 6, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Great to see that no one (so far) has attacked Murali! He's one of the great bowlers in the game's long history. Right up there with legends of old like Lohmann, SF Barnes and Spofforth; along with other more or less modern greats like Gibbs, Roberts, Marshall, Lindwall, Lilly, McGrath, Warne, Wasim, Chandrasekhar, Bedi, Hadlee, Trueman, Underwood (better than most of the latter). Whether he is THE best, or if Warne or Murali is the best modern spinner is really a meaningless question. He is one of the ALL TIME greats. Though I would love to see him get 800 test wickets, 799 would in some way be comparable to Bradman's average of 99.94 and not 100+ - it would somehow underpin his greatness.

  • on July 6, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Those eyes which always seems like that one of TIGER, one of the greatest spinner i have ever seen, i always respect him as a sportsman, i realy love the contest between him and brain lara, u r a legend, thanks for entertaning ue by ur magical performance, one memory which stick to my mind is ur efforts against england ....................best of luck for future

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on July 6, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    He is a real hero. Hats off Murali Anna. Am from Chennai, India and he is son in law of our City. Our SACHIN is great but most people accepted it around the Globe. But to perform despite all the comments needs special mind and He has one. Salutes hero! Hope his life after Cricket is great too. Hope atleast he plays for CSK in next few seasons atleast. Smiling man is hard to part. With him are gone the Trioka of Best spinners ever - Warne, a fighter, Kumble, a fighter again and Murali, a great warrior. Think SL ll definitely miss him. Thanks Murali Sir!

  • on July 6, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Take your 800th before bowing out Murali. You are a legend. In my books you are the finest cricketer of the post 90's era (ahead of Tendulkar, Warne and Lara)

  • on July 6, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Murali, your the best out of all,and you have done so much for the Sri-Lanka cricket team for the past several years. Just want to wish you all the best and good luck for the future." We will never forget you great performance" Noel

  • on July 6, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    one of the most wonderful cricketers not only that he is the spin king as well as his sportsman ship..we glad to have you murali.......specially as a srilankan i am really proud. The records you formed are ultimate and unique...should be a gratest to break those records...we want u further to assist our spin department

  • on July 6, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    One of the best Cricketers to the play the game ever .......... the cricket world owes you a great deal..... All the best Murali ... Hope u will play the 2011 World Cup...

  • on July 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    One of the Greatest Player in the cricket History. Murali we wish you all the Best for your Future ..........

  • Parami on July 6, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Thank you very much sir for what you have done for Sri Lankan Cricket. I hope that you will get 800 wickets and sure that team mates will do everything possible to send you out with a win. Good Luck for your future.

  • kdcricket on July 6, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Simply put, this guy is the Bradman of bowling. To average 6 wickets in a match over a 132 test career is certainly not going to be repeated! Greatest bowler ever without an iota of doubt.

  • Mutukisna on July 6, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    A sad day for Sri Lankan & World Cricket. You will be missed! However it must be the right decision by one of the greatest cricketers of all time. And most importantly, a good and decent human being who carried on with his game in the face of hostility of an abhorrent nature, with dignity and with a smile. Never resorted to sledging. But all good things must come to an end.Your next mission must be to be a mentor to young talented Sri Lankan bowlers. I live in the UK but am hoping to be at the Galle Test to say goodbye to one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Enjoy your retirement from Test Cricket!

  • KaZsa on July 6, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    It is so sad to think that we will not see the extravagant off spinners and Doosras from the maestro in Test cricket anymore!!!Wow what a magician you are.We are honored to have been in the time of great Murali.A true Legend and a character who never backed out from a challenge.Farewell to the proud son of mother Lanka.We will miss you always in the beautiful game of test cricket and you will always be in our hearts as the best man who have walked on a cricket field.

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    He should stay and play the rest of the series I guess..... But Thank u Murali,,, u r indeed a LEGEND

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Murali is one of the best spinners of all times and it is his decision to retire and we should appreciate it. However, he should play 2011 WC because it is the great event.

  • viks_j on July 6, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I didn't like Murali style of bowling but everyone should respect him for what he has achieved during his career. He is a great bowler with great achievements and we should be proud of the fact that we have seen him bowl.

  • Philip_Gnana on July 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Murali the greatest of all spinners. Figures speak for themselves. Murali never recovered fully from the Asian Tsunami. His focus on cricket seemed to have not been as before. His humane side seemed to take over and we saw more of his charitable work. Who will deny Murali,,, except a few from certain quaters who have always seen him as a threat their spinner.. you know who. The obstacles that he had to face and then overcome them too. The real fighter in him backed by an able captain, lawyers and scientists enabled him to prove to the cricketing authorities and the world that he was right and that they were wrong. HE WAS NEVER A CHUCKER. Those who prefered to bury their heads in the sand out of convenience and not out of conviction always protested. They will never change 'cos they never wanted to. Murali, you changed bowling for the better. If not many would not be bowling now. The great stand that you took has made this happen. You changed it all. THANK YOU. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    What a tragedy to see the great man go. The world of cricket will be poorer for his absence. I loved his brilliance. He was always the most frightening bowler on the world to face. How many times I wished he played for Australia! What a combinatiion it would have been! Murali and Warne! I suspect that he just pips Shane as the greatest bowler in history. Not just the greatest spinner, but the greatest in all forms of bowling. My warmest regards to Murali.

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    The greatest ever personality to play cricket...............

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    The only reason i cheered for chennai super kings being a hydearabadi is Muttiah "murali" Muralitharan ....salute to the greatest bowler of all time.......

  • kaidranzer on July 6, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    if he doesnt get to 800 wickets in the first test he should stay on :D

  • on July 6, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Criticism of his action motivated Murali to perform better . His face depicts the effort he puts into every delivery ....What a magician ...A true Spin Legend

  • 7477 on July 6, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    there is no doubt he's done yeomen service to SL Cricket & to all English counties he's represented over the years Lanchashire & Surrey. but as all good things come to an end we must also realize that he's nowhere near his best now & it's the right time to go as we have budding young spinners like Suraj Randiv & Sachithra Senanayake to take over the reins during the next couple of years. so hats off to Murali & its a good lesson for the ageing Jayasuriya who will never learn a lesson from Vaasy or Murali sadly.

  • kaustubh101197 on July 6, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Murali was, is, and will be a legend.1000 international wickets is not a piece of a cake. The way he flashed that smile after dismissing someone was amazing. He was a true legend. Though the news was shocking, but still he has done his job for SL. One of the greatest bowlers of all time, his doosra was fantabulous. I think he should retire after the world cup. The spin battery of the 1990's of SL held him as an important part. Though his action seemed like he threw the ball, but he proved that he actually didn't. It was actually one of his amazing tricks. Thank you Murali for having played this wonderful game and being a part thant no one can separate from cricket. WELL DONE MURALI !!!!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Galle Test to be Muralitharan's last

  • KingsTiger on July 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    It is really a shocking news to Island nation when World Cup is around. Island will get spinners but not assasinator like you. You are a Icon for your country as well as for Tamilians.... Hats off to UUUUUU.... Happy Retirement and Best wishes for your Future ahead.

  • satanswish on July 6, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    At last Chucker is retiring after his recent dismal performance. He was given all benefit of doubt for his suspected action.

    He never really performed well outside Srilankan pitches. In fact, he was beleted for plenty runs on Australian, South African wickets & also by Indian batsmen on their home turfs.

    Good to hear this controversial bowler retiring.

  • drdre2727 on July 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Thankxx murali for what u did for SL cricket a true servant of the game + a great example to retire before every one wants you to retire... be the best in what ever you do cheers..

  • Saim93 on July 6, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    One of the most( definitely in top 5) best bowlers in the history, every one respects him and Im very glad he is going in his own terms and not amidst the controversies that surrounded his career. I wish the best of luck with his family and future and will keep my fingers crossed that he can take a 10 wicket haul for the final time in his career.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    a very good bowler and he has made the right decision to retire

  • Farce-Follower on July 6, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    What a legend...Murali, you have been a true gift to World Cricket. Thanks for the wonderful memories, especially in Test Cricket. All the very best.

  • jaanson on July 6, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    an era will come to an end with murali's retirement. he was undoubtedly the greatest spinner ever even if the aussies understandably wont agree but which other bowler brought in such an incredibly effective delivery like the doosra? those doubters of his bowling action must remember that apart from that time in 1995 when darrel hair called him he hasnt been called and we know all about hair isnt it?moreover he proved on tv in england how it was the rotation in his shoulder that made him such a unique action bowler. well done murali. hope your contribution to the game will continue and wish you the very best in life.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Greatest bowler ever..n ever!!! Good luck mate!

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    thnak you very much Murali for ur grate service for Sri Lanka cricket. You will be a legend forever until cricket last in this earth.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    NO BALL........Lovely chap but come on............Even I can chuck a Doosra, but no ones going to change the rules over here so I can get away with it. Hope he has a nice retirement.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Start and End is the part of game........best of luck 4 ur future!!

  • yohandf1984 on July 6, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    End of cricketing legends career. Unfortunetly im currently not in Sri Lanka otherwise i would watch this game as a gratitude to Murali who served so much to Srl Lankan cricket as well as world cricket . He is so commited to his job without being selfish .Few people knows that Murali volunterely kept himself out of playing to maintain the balance of side (coz selectors never replace him) in past. I dont think we would be able to see such a talented spinner in our rest of life. Best of Luck MURALI YOU ARE THE GREATEST SPINNER WE HAVE EVER WITNESSED.

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    The greatest and contemporary spinner in the history of the game, a true champion in his own right. Will take some effort for another bowler to overcome his wicket taking records, take a bow Murali!

  • dasunnirmala on July 6, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Oh! We are realy gonna miss him! What a Legand he is. you are the best!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Greatest bowler in history.

  • A.Ak on July 6, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Its been great watching this player over the past 15years or so. A TRUE legend. Hope he gets 800 wickets which he surely deserves and which is also very hard against the no1 team. I dont know why in the middle of the series intead of the whole. SL looses their backbone, we cricket fans will miss a great player... (but hopefully see you for CSK in IPL again). GOOD LUCK.

  • look_nah on July 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Sad to hear you are leaving. I absolutely love watching you play cricket. I absolutely love you man! Farewell and good luck to a real champion.

  • rickster2007 on July 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Not only SL but world cricket will miss the presence of Murali no doubt. Thank U Murali for all what U have done for Sri Lankan cricket. We hope U will continue to contribute to lift the standards of our spinners although there still will be only one Murali!

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I AM STILL IN SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I hoped he would retire on a thousand.

  • chara52 on July 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    i wish murli a happy life. a true sprtsman a gentlmen the cricket and cricket lovers will miss him. bravo murli

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Really now good news for other teams except Srilanka.

    An era has end now.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you were the best and still u r the best no one can beat u ..u r a great man................hope to see u in world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Greatest bowler ever in the history of cricket.wt a blow

  • SnowSnake on July 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    All the best for your retirement, Murli. You are one of the greatest to play the game. Your smiley face will be missed. I hope that you continue to play ODI for a few more years.

  • nabeel89 on July 6, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    A true legend! Simply a great player with always a smile on his face... that smile will certainly be missed!

  • ShaliJ on July 6, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    He is areal Legend and he is a great cricketer.He is retiring in the correct time in his career.Sir,we are proud of you.Hope you will provide your service to our mother nation as a coacher.NOT AS A POLITICIAN.Because it will ruin your greatness....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I am really emotional. What a charactor ! Murali is a good example for young cricketers. He is a LEGEND of LEGENDS. We miss your SMILE & BIG EYES. But you are the backborne of Sri Lanakan Cricket for last 15 years. I am a Sri Lankan born. You made all of us proud. I hope you will be involved in developing Sri Lankan Cricket & yound cricketers for Sri Lanka after retirement. Please get involved in developing cricket in the EAST & NORTH young Tamils & Muslims although I am Sinhalese. Wish you all the best in your future.

  • chaithan on July 6, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    The GREATEST BOWLER EVER!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on July 6, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Murali the greatest of all spinners. Figures speak for themselves. Murali never recovered fully from the Asian Tsunami. His focus on cricket seemed to have not been as before. His humane side seemed to take over and we saw more of his charitable work. Who will deny Murali,,, except a few from certain quaters who have always seen him as a threat their spinner.. you know who. The obstacles that he had to face and then overcome them too. The real fighter in him backed by an able captain, lawyers and scientists enabled him to prove to the cricketing authorities and the world that he was right and that they were wrong. HE WAS NEVER A CHUCKER. Those who prefered to bury their heads in the sand out of convenience and not out of conviction always protested. They will never change 'cos they never wanted to. Murali, you changed bowling for the better. If not many would not be bowling now. The great stand that you took has made this happen. You changed it all. THANK YOU. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Murali you're the greatest spin bowler the world has seen. (May be the world will ever see.) Well done mate!!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    What a magnificient cricketer! Its a big loss for Sril lankan cricket

  • jerryman on July 6, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    One of the greatest cricketers , a legend and a gentleman... he will be missed , I would have liked to see him play all 3 tests with India and reach the 800 wickets target. anyway I wish him the very best and hope to see him even in the shorther formats T20 and definitely the world cup ... a player extraordinary...

  • manasvi_lingam on July 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I hope that Murali reconsiders his decision to retire at the end of the first Test. I think he should play the whole series and if he doesn't get to 800 wickets, he ought to play until he achieves that milestone. Such a champion bowler deserves to be the first and only bowler to 800 wickets.

  • RedEvil on July 6, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Really a sad news........

  • chaithan on July 6, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Hope he gets 800 wickets before he retires. Cricket will definitely miss him and so will Sri Lanka.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    My head is spinning now! :)

    All great things has an end.

    Thanks for everything.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    It is sad to note that ,Murali's name will not be in the Srilankan test squad after the Galle test. Hope and pray the old Antonian and a Kandyan will reach the magical figure of 800 wickets before he bids Ayubowan to test cricket. There is one consolation that he will bee seen in the one day squad for one more year. Best of luck Murali.

    M.Suriyakumaran

  • 1_234 on July 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    We are lucky that we witnessed Murali playing cricket. I am sure coming generations will miss this magic.

  • jmoses on July 6, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Its sad to hear this news. Murali was one of the game's greatest bowlers who stood against all odds in his career and gave his team and country some wonderful victories single handedly. It would be tough for Srilanka from here on to find a replacement for him especially in tests as he amounts to taking lot of wickets and become crucial in winning matches mostly at home. I respect his decision and wish him all the best for the rest of his life.

  • Agnar on July 6, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    My hats off to Murali. Congratulations on your very successful career. I hope you would contribute by coaching and mentoring. Murali should eventually be given responsibilities in Sri Lankan cricket board.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    he is a great cricketer but a greater sportsman....we will miss him!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    As a off spinner I know Murali has worked very hard on his finger spin ...Anyone who attempts to do what he done with finger spin will not be able to sustain for long .....Kudos to a true master of off spin..

  • Rara_Avis on July 6, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    End of an era..Best in the bowling business..A lesson for players like Sachin, on the matter of retirement..Don't stick with the selfishness..Going for the goodness of the team interest..Kudos..Legend..

  • Srikolith on July 6, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    It' really great to see murali taking that decision. He is the greatest ever spinner in the world. I think no one will able to break his records for a long long time. No one has done a such great job for srilanka.He was really a match winner,fighter. But when time came, he realized that his ability is not like past. He doesn't want to waste young player's opportunity. We should appreciate his attitude. There won't be such another baller for srilanka. Hope he'll take 800 wickets before the retirement. Murali.....we really miss u......!

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Good Luck, waiting to see you take 800 wkts next week

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    The Best spinner on and off the field. No doubt about it

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    It's Muthiah Muralidaran, not Muttiah Muralitharan.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I don't know. What if he finishes with 799? Surely the temptation to play just one more test would be very strong. I remember when Hadlee was stuck for almost a year on 396...

  • Ellis on July 6, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    When he leaves the scene, Murali will do so with his head held high. A truly great bowler, a true sportsman, and a noble human being, he will not need a backward glance. This is the way to do it. Leave with dignity and grace when your powers are still at a high level. Cricket lovers everywhere will wish Murali a long, happy, and healthy retirement. I am sure he will contribute to the development of Cricket in Sri Lanka and India, if not the whole sub-continent, in the future. We will not see his like again for a very long time.

  • on July 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Hats off to the legend..... we'll miss the champion

  • shahrias on July 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Please stay till 800. With the current regulations against bowlers, its unlikely anyone will get this close.

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 6, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    a wonderful bowler in all the formats of the game. surely he is an legend. i would want him to take 8 wkts in his last test and become first player to reach 800 wkt club. these records will be hard to beat especially the total no of 5 wkt hauls and 10 wkt hauls that he has.... have an wonderful life ahead...... we salute u murali for your achievements.....

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Thank you for all the memories Murali.

    enjoy the next phase of your life.

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Congratulations murali for outstanding career for Sri Lanka , You will be remain as the best bowler ever played the test and the ODI's . we all appreciate you sportsmanship of giving chance to younger players but hope you will contribute to the 2011 world cup .

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Good luck Murali!!! World Greatest bowler ever produced!

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    One of the legends of the game his ablity to rip teams apart with precise spin bowling he will be missed in test cricket lets hope he cracks 800 wickets

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    No matter wat the aussies say........... Murali is one of the greatest cricketers of all times............ n more importantly an even greater sportsman..

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    a legend is going.one should salute him as he has given many exciting cricket moments

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Muralli you have to reach 1000 mile stone......

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Such a great player in Srilanka, well done Murali sir, and i just wondering why he didn't play second test with India? he can really reach 800 test wickets, such a great player with Discipline,

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    i would like muraly to make it to 800 test wickets before he retire. anyway i think it's good disicion to retire while your he is stil performing. But it's hel of task for srilanken cricket to replace him.

  • RKB21 on July 6, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    I am a big supporter of India and hope that Murali gets to 800 wickets in the first Test before he retires. Good luck, Murali!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Oh Murali,,We miss you..!

  • spas on July 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Murali has taken the right and timely decision to retire. He is one of the best players in the game.

  • Jayseetharaman on July 6, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    One of the best cricketer in the world, and an all time legend from Srilanka. Great character and great man. We miss you Murali, expect him to play in 2011 world cup. Nobody can replace him, with big eyes and great smile and with an angular elbow bowling, i dont think no body can near to his record as well. Though he have some problem with Aussies and all the other nations are respect Murali in a great manner. Though I am an Indian i wish him he should retire in grand style by collecting 800 wickets. All the Best Murali.

  • gmwsra on July 6, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    It is really sad to hear that, but we really appreciate the attitude to leave opportunity for younger players. What I would like most about this cricketing legend is his humility. Having the best of the abilities, when all the oppositions are terrified of his bowling and mere presence, never had he sledged, boasted nor depreciated others. Unlike arrogant players like Harbajan, Hogg, Lee and Symonds etc, never had he crossed the line. Even when he was repeatedly called a chucker by umpires, players and recently kicked out Ex-Aussie PM, the perseverance and the tenacity of this great person enabled him to become the BEST bowler in the world. He exemplifies the temperament of a great sportsman and a person. Only others come into my mind, who would be in his league would be Sachin, Sanath, Lara n Dravid. And the best thing about him is the ability forgive those who accused and belittled him. Have a great life with your family sir and continue your service to Sri Lanka

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Muttiah Muralidharan is retiring?! Sad...At least he can play for CSK :)

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    A Legend is a legend!!! Good decision by the greatest off spinner in the world!!!

  • factoryard on July 6, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Please if you can make 800 in the galle test that's fine you can retire but if not please go untill you make 800. I'm a west indian & i still want you to make 800.

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Good idea to retire frm tests! following vaas!! both murali and vaas were like McGrath nd warne for Aus!! i suppose vaas is available for ODI selection too! bt too bad their selectors dnt wanna pick seniors!! anyways i hope Murali plays for CSK for the rest of his cricket career at least for champions league!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Thank you very much Murali for the things you have done for our country and for for the world of cricket.

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  • on July 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Thank you very much Murali for the things you have done for our country and for for the world of cricket.

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Good idea to retire frm tests! following vaas!! both murali and vaas were like McGrath nd warne for Aus!! i suppose vaas is available for ODI selection too! bt too bad their selectors dnt wanna pick seniors!! anyways i hope Murali plays for CSK for the rest of his cricket career at least for champions league!!

  • factoryard on July 6, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Please if you can make 800 in the galle test that's fine you can retire but if not please go untill you make 800. I'm a west indian & i still want you to make 800.

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    A Legend is a legend!!! Good decision by the greatest off spinner in the world!!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Muttiah Muralidharan is retiring?! Sad...At least he can play for CSK :)

  • gmwsra on July 6, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    It is really sad to hear that, but we really appreciate the attitude to leave opportunity for younger players. What I would like most about this cricketing legend is his humility. Having the best of the abilities, when all the oppositions are terrified of his bowling and mere presence, never had he sledged, boasted nor depreciated others. Unlike arrogant players like Harbajan, Hogg, Lee and Symonds etc, never had he crossed the line. Even when he was repeatedly called a chucker by umpires, players and recently kicked out Ex-Aussie PM, the perseverance and the tenacity of this great person enabled him to become the BEST bowler in the world. He exemplifies the temperament of a great sportsman and a person. Only others come into my mind, who would be in his league would be Sachin, Sanath, Lara n Dravid. And the best thing about him is the ability forgive those who accused and belittled him. Have a great life with your family sir and continue your service to Sri Lanka

  • Jayseetharaman on July 6, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    One of the best cricketer in the world, and an all time legend from Srilanka. Great character and great man. We miss you Murali, expect him to play in 2011 world cup. Nobody can replace him, with big eyes and great smile and with an angular elbow bowling, i dont think no body can near to his record as well. Though he have some problem with Aussies and all the other nations are respect Murali in a great manner. Though I am an Indian i wish him he should retire in grand style by collecting 800 wickets. All the Best Murali.

  • spas on July 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Murali has taken the right and timely decision to retire. He is one of the best players in the game.

  • on July 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Oh Murali,,We miss you..!

  • RKB21 on July 6, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    I am a big supporter of India and hope that Murali gets to 800 wickets in the first Test before he retires. Good luck, Murali!!!