Muttiah Muralitharan is a former international Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for the Sri Lankan national team. He has been named as the greatest Test-match Bowler ever to exist. Murali, as he is fondly known worldwide, is a right-arm off spin bowler and usually bats at the number ten or eleven position.
Muralitharan has played in the Provincial Championship for the Central Province and in the Premier Trophy for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. He has played in 46 matches and has taken 234 wickets at an average of 14.51 runs.
From 1999 to 2007 Muralitharan played in 28 first class games for Lancashire county. In the 2003 season he took part in five first class games for Kent. In English domestic cricket in the 33 matches he has played, he has taken 236 wickets at 15.62 runs.
In the history of cricket Muralitharan is the first wrist-spinning offspinner. His major deliveries are the off break, a fast topspinner that moves straight on and the doosra which is a surprising delivery that turns from leg to off while there is no recognizable alteration of action.
In 1995 during the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Darrell Hair the Australian umpire called Muralitharan for throwing in the presence of 55,239 people. In three overs Murali was no-balled seven times as Hair believed that Murali was bending and straightening the arm in the delivery process. But the comments were soon neglected by the International Board of cricket after a brief verification on Murali’s bowling action.