He is the highest wicket taker in Tests with 800 wickets and in One Day Internationals with 515* wickets.
Often being criticised for his bowling action started when Darrell Hair called him a chucker during a test match against Aussies. After that he had tough times with cricketing greats like Dean Jones & Bishen Singh Bedi too criticising him. But Murali came back strongly and proved to everyone by taking tests that his bowling action is not illegal. No one can question him now and Murali now is regarded as the greatest spin bowler of all times (some say Shane Warne is the greatest, but no comparisons to him pls)
Muralitharan with his wife Madhimalar coming to the press conference prior to his final match to announce his retirement. He is the leading wicket taker in both Test matches and ODI matches and said he didn't have anything more to achieve and wanted to leave the field on a high...
Muttiah Muralitharan walking onto the ground for the final test match againt India... getting a red carpet welcome...
Muttiah Muralitharan with his wife Madhimalar on the ground on his final test match for Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan cricketer Muralitharan's wife Madhimalar with their son Naren watching the awards ceremony as her husband Murali is being felicitated for his contributions to the Sri Lankan cricket.
Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse felicitating Muttiah Muralitharan's contribution to World Cricket and Sri Lankan cricket.
Indian cricketers honouring Murali when he walks onto the pitch to bat for Sri Lanka for the final time
Muralitharan elated after getting his 800th wicket when he dismissed Pragyan Ojha caught by Jayawardene
Muttiah Muralitharan being taken for a lap of honour by Sri Lankan captain Sangakkara and Prasad after winning his final test agains India in Galle
There ends an important era in the Test match history of Cricket - The era of spin bowling domination by three spinning legends - Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble...