On This Day, in 2010: Muttiah Muralitharan signed off from cricket with 800 Scalps

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On This Day, In 2010: Legendary Muttiah Muralitharan Signed Off From Cricket With 800 Scalps 

On This Day, In 2010: Legendary Muttiah Muralitharan Signed Off From Cricket With 800 Scalps
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Muttiah Muralitharan, the name which has headlined over the years for various records. He has been the lynchpin for Sri Lankan in all formats of the game.

Probably, one of the few players in the world cricket who can win the games for his side single-handedly.

Coming to the topic, back in 2010, on this particular day, the master of spin bowling, Muralitharan achieved something which would be a fantasy for many youngsters.

The veteran Muralitharan registered massive 800-wicket tally in Test cricket and signed off in a style. As destiny decided, his 800th wicket is also a match-winning wicket for his national side.

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Muralitharan (Picture Source – AP Photo)

Eight wickets required of the last Test to finish 800 wickets:

Well, it was a Test match when everyone’s major sight is on Muralitharan, who announced his retirement ahead of the game. He walked into the game with eight wickets short to the grand tally.

With the opposition India having the quality players of spin, one had expected it to be a tough task for an ace spinner.

However, Muralitharan fastest 400 wickets in test cricket surprised one and all by registering a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the game.

Moreover, the tension escalated to paramount when Murali required three wickets in second innings.

During the course of the match, Sri Lanka registered a mammoth 520 for eight on the board.

In reply, apart from Virender Sehwag (109), none of the Indian batsmen stood in the middle thus keeping Sri Lanka in a driver seat.

India, then followed-on and this time, it was Lasith Malinga, who turned out to be a wrecker-in-chief.

When Sri Lanka required three wickets for the victory and Muralitharan required two wickets for his 800 wickets, tension gripped the fans – to see the stalwart completing the major record.

Adding a twist to it, Angelo Mathews affected run-out meaning  Murali to pick last two wickets.

Thankfully, Muttiah Muralitharan picked a remaining couple of wickets and walked off to script history.

ICC recollects:

Meanwhile, ICC tweeted: ”On this day, in 2010, the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan signed off from Test cricket. He claimed his record 800th wicket with his final ball by dismissing Pragyan Ojha in a 10 wicket win for Sri Lanka against India in Galle.”

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