"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." – Albert Einstein

Muttiah Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

Full name Muttiah Muralitharan

Born April 17, 1972, Kandy

Current age 38 years 315 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI,Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Kandurata, Kent,Lancashire, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Also known as Muttiah Muralidaran

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 5 ft 7 in

Education St Anthony’s College, Kandy

Muttiah Muralitharan
Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
World Cup 33* 11 4 62 16 8.85 67 92.53 0 0 8 0 12 0
ODIs 342 160 62 667 33* 6.80 865 77.10 0 0 50 11 129 0
List A 445 203 75 938 33* 7.32 0 0 158 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
World Cup 33* 32 1689 1082 55 4/19 4/19 19.67 3.84 30.7 3 0 0
ODIs 342 334 18439 12073 521 7/30 7/30 23.17 3.92 35.3 14 10 0
List A 445 23362+ 15017 668 7/30 7/30 22.48 3.84* 35.2* 16 12 0

Limited Overs Career Statistics

World Cup span 1996-2011
ODI debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 12, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Canada at Hambantota, Feb 20, 2011 >scorecard
List A debut 1991/92
Last List A Sri Lanka v Canada at Hambantota, Feb 20, 2011 scorecard

Undoubtedly Sri Lanka’s greatest cricketer, the world’s leading wicket-taker in both Tests and one-dayers, Murali is the only member of the 1996 World Cup-winning side still active on the international circuit. He might even play one of the matches of the 2011 World Cup in a stadium named after him – there is a proposal to call the new ground in Pallekele the Muttiah Muralitharan international stadium. Capable of turning the ball big on any surface, allied with a doosra many batsmen struggle to pick and a topspinner, he remains a huge threat even at 38. Despite his stupendous feats and the ever-present joyous smile, a deformed elbow coupled with extraordinarily supple wrists have led to doubts being cast over his action right through his career, though he has been officially cleared several times.
A gargantuan offspinner, a doosra deployed usually from round the wicket, vastly experienced on the big stage, immaculate control
Key stats

Muralitharan has picked up 53 wickets in World Cups, which is third in the list of highest wicket takers in World Cup history

Since the beginning of 2009 Muralitharan has 29 wickets at an average of 32.44 and economy rate of 4.76, well higher than his career average of 23.18 and economy rate of 3.92

All stats are updated till the start of the World Cup
World Cup tracker
This will be Murali’s fifth World Cup. He had a quiet time with the ball when Sri Lanka won in 1996, and was anonymous in the disastrous 1999 campaign as well. He had a better time in 2003, bagging 17 wickets to help Sri Lanka make the semi-finals, and his best tournament was in 2007, where 23 wickets piloted Sri Lanka to the final.


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