Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri Lankan cricketer who's considered one of the greatest spin bowlers ever and regarded as one of the best bowlers currently playing. He has taken 455 wickets in one day internationals and has taken 702 wickets in Tests. His bowling action has caused controversy although the ICC have cleared it. However, his bowling action has incited and invoked much controversy as many believe that it contravenes the law set forth by L.A. Wilding's The Laws of the Game. Although he has been cleared of "chucking" or "throwing" (or both), there nevertheless remains several critics; the foremost proponents of opposition to Muralitharan include Bishen Singh Bedi, Michael Holding and Karthik Subburaj.
Muralitharan is well renowned for his unique bowling action, described as a "flapping arm, wrist-spin" action, and is further distinguished by his wide eyed. In batting, Murali is a tail end batsman who has a tendency to back away from leg and to slog. He has been involved in a number of run outs recently that belie his bowling talent, such as going to congratulate his best friend Kumar Sangakkara after he had scored a test century against New Zealand in 2006, culminating in Murali being run out before the ball was deemed dead.
ONE-DAY MATCHES - 455 WICKETS TEST MATCHES - 702 WICKETS