Murali Factfile

Get the lowdown on the life and times of Muttiah Muralitharan after he claimed his 800th Test wicket.

Last Updated: 22/07/10 4:11pm

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Murali: 800 Test wickets

Murali: 800 Test wickets

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Muttiah Muralitharan reached his landmark of 800 Test wickets in his final Test appearance for Sri Lanka against India.

The magical off-spinner has plagued batsmen around the world and it was fitting that he reached such a milestone before he ended his career, here skysports.com looks back at his remarkable career.

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN FACTFILE

1972: Born Kandy, April 17.

1991: Selected for Sri Lanka A's tour of England.

1992: Makes Test debut against Australia in Colombo.

1995: No-balled in Melbourne Test against Australia by umpire Darrell Hair for throwing.

1996: No-balled in Brisbane Test against Australia by umpire Ross Emerson for throwing.

1996: Bowling action cleared by International Cricket Council.

1998: Takes nine for 65 against England at The Oval.

1999: Joins Lancashire and takes 66 wickets in just six County Championship games.

1999: No-balled again for throwing by Emerson in Brisbane Test against Australia; action once again cleared by ICC.

2001: Plays for Lancashire again and takes 50 wickets in seven County Championship matches.

2001: Becomes fastest ever bowler to take 350 Test wickets, achieving the feat in 66 matches.

2002: Takes nine for 51 in first innings of second Test against Zimbabwe in Kandy.

2004: March - Becomes third bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets, during second Test against Australia.

May - Becomes highest wicket-taker in Test history - overtaking Courtney Walsh's 519 victims.

2006: March - Takes 600th Test wicket in second Test against Bangladesh in Bogra a week after becoming first man to reach 1,000 in all international cricket.

2006: June - Takes eight for 70 to help Sri Lanka win by 134 runs to level the npower Test series against England at Trent Bridge.

2007: March/April - Takes 23 wickets at World Cup to help Sri Lanka to final.

July - With last of 26 wickets in three-Test series against Bangladesh, on his home ground at Kandy, becomes second player - after his great spin rival Shane Warne - to reach 700 Test wickets.

December 3 - Back at Kandy again, Murali bowls Paul Collingwood to go above Warne as Test cricket's leading all-time wicket-taker with 709.

2008: July - Takes 11 for 110 as Sri Lanka win the first Test against India in Colombo in a match which featured a debut for a new spin sensation, Ajantha Mendis.

2009: February 5 - Takes 503rd one-day international wicket against India, breaking Wasim Akram's record.

February 21 - Takes 770th Test wicket against Pakistan in Karachi.

July 30 - Takes 507th ODI wicket against Pakistan in Dambulla; announces he plans to retire from Test cricket after the November 2010 series against West Indies.

2010: July 6 - Brings forward date of retirement to end of first Test against India, which begins July 18.

July 22 - Becomes first bowler to take 800 Test wickets, reaching landmark on final day of his final Test against India.

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