Is Murali the greatest bowler of all time?
Certainly Murali is the greatest bowler of all times that he has earlier than this match by taking the highest number of wickets in the test match. Today he has achieved a feat that probably will remain in his credit for a long time to come. With 800 wickets in the numero-uno position and from Sri Lanka relatively a new player in cricket compared to Australia and India Murali would be criticized is an expected one. Murali has created the record not by playing local cricket, but in the international level befitting all the rules of the game. The players, who think he is a chucker, need to fight with the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac instead of shouting openly. Against complaints his action was tested by various means by the International Cricket Council, and he was given the clean chit in this regard. If the world body declares a rule of extending the elbow up to 15 degrees, then it is applicable to all bowlers including Murali, hence his action cannot be termed as illegal. The famous former Indian bowler and former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi only earned a bad name by comparing Murali’s bowling action with javelin throw. Murali should sue Bedi for his unacceptable remark. Murali is also the highest wicket takers in the one-day form of cricket.
The recently concluded test against India is his last test match that he declared before the match. He needed eight wickets in this test match to reach the figure 800, and he accomplished the target with flying colors. His contribution in this match has helped Sri Lanka win against India by 10 wickets.