Teammates carry Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan on their (Photo:Reuters/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)
Sri Lankan Cricket star Muralitharan ends glorious career at 800 wickets
(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan captured his record 800th test wicket with his final ball in cricket's traditional format today (22) as Sri Lanka cruised to a 10-wicket victory against India.
The 38-year-old star bowler in tests and one-day internationals dismissed Pragyan Ojha to become the first man to pass the 800 mark in a fitting finale to a brilliant career.
Requiring 95 for victory, Sri Lanka reached their target shortly after tea on the fifth and last day with Tillakaratne Dilshan racing to 68 not out and Tharanga Paranavitana unbeaten on 23.
Hoevever Murali says he was more concerned with victory than reaching his personal landmark.
"I wouldn't have minded if it (the record) didn't come. My only scare was when paceman Lasith Malinga (five for 50) had to go off the field."
"Frankly, I have done it and that's enough — this was the only thing I was thinking," he said he had no regrets quitting the game after his dream send-off.
In his test career Murali played 133 matches and took 800 wickets, conceding an average of 22 runs per wicket and bowling 55 balls per wicket.