Muralitharan found it very difficult to take 800 wickets. Muralitharan took 5 for 63 in the first innings against India but had to bowl 44.4 overs to take 3 wickets in the second innings. By the second day of the Galle Test, it seemed that Muralitharan would not be able to complete 800 Test wickets but the poor batting of the Indian batsmen could not stop Murali. On the first day of the Galle Test, Muralitharan took the wicket of Sachin and took his number of Test wickets to 793. After this the second day’s play was washed away in the rain and it seemed that Murali would no longer be able to touch the 800 mark. But on the fourth day of the game, 12 wickets fell for India, out of which 5 wickets went to Muralitharan’s account.
800 wicket mark touched by taking Ojha’s wicket
When India were on the follow-on on the last day of the game, VVS Laxman was on the crease and India had only 2 wickets left. While Murali needed just 1 wicket to touch the 800 mark, Muralitharan’s troubles increased after VVS Laxman was run out. However, in the end, Muralitharan touched the unmatched figure of 800 Test wickets by dismissing Pragyan Ojha.
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Let us tell you that Murli’s father, born in Kandy, used to work in a biscuit company. But despite this, his son made a name for himself in world cricket. Muralitharan took 800 wickets in Tests and 534 wickets in ODIs. In T20 too, Muralitharan took 13 wickets. In this way Muralitharan took 1347 wickets in his international career.
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