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Murli surpasses Akram, the most ODI wicket-taker

New Delhi, Fri, 06 Feb 2009 NI Wire

As India is heading towards a 5-0 whitewash in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, one more match to go, the only blissful moment for the Lankan fans came during the fourth match on Thursday when Muttiah Muralitharan became the highest one-day wicket-taker.

The off-spinner Muralitharan on Thursday became the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals after claiming his 503rd victim. He broke the record of Pakistani pace bowler Wasim Akram (502), who had claimed this in 356 matches before quitting international cricket in 2003.

Muralitharan achieved the feat in his 328th ODI dismissing Indian star batsman of the day Gautam Gambhir, on 150, in his 10th and final over to surpass Akram’s record. He is also the leading wicket taker in the longer version of the game with 769 wickets in 125 matches.

Interestingly, India’s Anil Kumble (337) and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya (312) are the only two other spinners in the top ten ODI most wicket taker list after Muralitharan; mostly pacemen dominate the list.

The 36-year-old bowler made his one-day debut against India on August 12, 1993 in which he finished a 10-over spell with a figure 1/38; Praveen Amre was the only victim.

Murali’s career was brawled with the only controversy linked to his bowling action on many occasions. The entire storm cropped up with his mystery ball called “doosra”. Doosra is actually an off-spin delivery that ends like a leg spin (spinning away from the right hand batsman). This usually confuse any specialised batsman, however, his action was later cleared by the International Cricket Council.

As far as the present series is concerned, Muralitharan to this point has claimed only three wickets in four matches. As a result of this, the difference in overall Lankan performance can well be imagined, despite coming out with a victorious series against another mighty Asian team Pakistan just weeks before.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team is aiming to return home with a 5-0 whitewash rolling with the same pace as played against England in India in last November. The Lankan, however, will try their best to take out something positive by winning the last ODI scheduled on Sunday (February 8) and also the lone Twenty20 International on February 10.

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February 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Muttiah Muralitharan surpassed Wasim Akram by taking 503 ODI Wickets.This number is quite significant for Murali.Because it adds up to 8(5+0+3=8).Number 8 is the number of Murali.He was born on April 17(1+7=8).
Incidentally,the occult number of Wasim Akram is 25(2+5=7).He has 502(5+0+2=7) ODI Wickets.
Coming back to Murali,he became the highest Wicket taker in Tests by taking 710(7+1+0=8) in 116(1+1+6=8) Tests at the time of surpassing Warne.
At that time, murali was 35(3+5=8) years old.
Number 8 stands in symbolism to the planet Saturn.It has two extremes-the best and the worst.Same is the case with number 8 also.As far as Murali is concerned,number 8 has always showered blessings on him,inspite of certain ordeals.
The name number of 'MURALI' is 17 that adds up to 8.
Numerologically,number 17 (birth date of Murali) is a much luckier number.It indicates ever lasting fame!In the case of Murali 17 gives double delight.Because,it is not only his date of birth but also the name number. .The name number of 'MURALITHARAN' is 35 ,that adds up to 8.
In his life,Murali has overcome many odds.He has obliterated many obstacles.At certain point of time,even his ability was questioned!But he did not care unwanted and cruel criticism.He has been able to withstand all the odds with patience and humility.All these can be attributed to the characteristics of Saturnian 8!



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