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Muttiah Muralitharan

July 7, 2010
Lemme save you time by pointing you to the most beautiful piece on Murali's retirement here.

Muttiah Muralitharan has decided to quit playing test cricket. Keeping up with the trend, he’s planned his retirement out in phases so that the big eyes don’t go off our consciousness altogether at once. He will continue to be available for some of Sri Lanka’s upcoming ODI fixtures because he wishes to play the 2011 World Cup but he has notified the Sri Lankan board that he won’t hang around if they don’t think he’s up for the job anymore.

I like how objectively a cricketer’s fantasy cricket points lay out his contribution in each match so I thought I should recap Murali’s numbers in tests. Which are amazing. Like this amazing:

Matches: 132

Bowling: Wickets: 792, Best innings haul: 9/51, Best match haul: 16/220, Avg: 22.71, Economy: 2.47, Strike Rate: 55.1, 4 wicket hauls: 45, 5 wicket hauls: 66, 10 wicket hauls: 22

Batting: Innings: 163, Not out: 55, Runs: 1256, Top score: 67, 100s: none, 50s: 1, 4s: 146, 6s: 29, Ducks: 33

Catches: 72

Man of the match: 19

Going by this that’s a whopping 6910 points for bowling, 600 points for his batting (his ducks ate away all the bonuses his 4s, 6s and one 50 earned him. And then some more), 288 points for the catches and 264 points for playing a 132 matches. A career total of 8062 points with an average of 61.07 points per match.

19 MoM awards mean 19 times he earned double his average match haul so that’s a hefty 1160.4 points which beefs up his career total t0 9222.4 points. That’s a big fcking number right there and it’s definitely got my fcking sign of approval on a job well done!

He’s carried on through his career gracefully despite the controversies. He’s been a part of the team only on merit, not on reputation and he’s facilitating change by leaving now that he feels he can’t do it any longer.

A nice guy who’s always fought hard on the pitch and someone who’s longevity in test cricket it seems can only grow to be a legend at the rate with which bowlers good, bad and mediocre are choosing to stay away from the 5 day game.

Murali needs 8 more wickets to create the record of having 800 test wickets and he’s given himself one test to do that. Here’s hoping he adds to this tally in his last test match at the beautiful Galle stadium, a stadium which was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004 and which he helped rebuild along with other cricketers including Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Botham and Shane Warne, the first one to 700 test wickets.

So take a look at that contorted, smiling face sending down doosras and what not in whites for the last time during the first match. Hopefully he won’t one of the last greatest bowlers in test cricket but he will definitely be one of the best.

Kandy Man

Muttiah Muralitharan, soon to be a former Sri Lankan test cricketer

And from BCC!: A premonition?


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