Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed Pragyan Ojha to grab record 800th test wicket on last ball of career| Cricket Throwback today 22 July| Who was Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800th test wicket|
Muttiah Muralitharan  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
- 22nd July day in cricket history – When Muralitharan made the biggest record
- The 800 figure was completed in the last moments of the ongoing test match between India and Sri Lanka.
- Muttiah Muralitharan got that historic moment on the last ball of his career
Cricket Throwback 22 July: There are some stories in real life that seem like a story or a movie. There have been many such incidents in the sports world which seem like a film script. Today’s day also brought such a moment in the history of this game. The great former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in that Test match played between India and Sri Lanka 11 years ago. (Muttiah Muralitharan) He had accomplished that feat on this day, which is now like a dream for the rest of the bowlers.
The Indian team was on a tour of Sri Lanka in 2010. The first test match was being played at Galle. Even before the match, Sri Lankan great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had announced that this would be the last match of his career. When he came to play this test match, he had 792 test wickets in his name. He was also the most successful Test bowler in the world at that time but all Sri Lankan fans were hoping that somehow 8 more wickets would be added so that the beautiful figure of 800 Test wickets could be seen and Murali’s farewell would also become wonderful.
Sri Lanka called India to play follow-on, Murali reached 797
In the first innings of the match, Sri Lanka declared the innings after scoring 520 for 8 wickets. Team India, who came out to answer, were bundled out for just 276 runs in the first innings. Murali took 5 wickets in this innings. That is, now the figure of his Test wickets had reached 797. After this Sri Lanka decided to feed India the follow-on.
Muralitharan stuck on 799 after dismissing Yuvraj and Bhajji
Now Murali needed just 3 more wickets to complete 800 Test wickets. The Indian team came out to play the follow-on and in the second innings, Murali dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh to take his number of wickets to 799 runs. The match progressed slowly, wickets also fell and as soon as VVS Laxman was run out, the score was 314/9, i.e. now only one wicket was left. Captain Kumar Sangakkara immediately handed the ball to Murali so that he could somehow complete his historic figure.
Pragyan Ojha becomes victim amidst increasing heartbeat of Sri Lankan fans
Murali came to bowl and in front of him was the pair of Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha. Murali caught Pragyan Ojha in his spin on the fourth ball of the 116th over and Mahela Jayawardene, standing in the slips, took the catch. That is, the story ends the way Murli was expecting. On the last ball of his career, he departed with the wicket and that wicket was also the 800th wicket of Test career. A record that no one was even around, there is no one. With this, for the record 77th time, Mahela Jayawardene also took a catch off Murali’s ball. The pair’s jugalbandi also ended with this ball.
Sri Lanka gave a victorious farewell
India managed to score 338 runs in this innings while playing the follow-on, Malinga took 5 wickets in this innings. With which he set a target of 95 runs in front of Sri Lanka, which Sri Lanka achieved without losing any wicket. Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets and gave a victorious farewell to their great player Muttiah Muralitharan, the owner of 800 wickets.
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