Galle: One of the finest but most controversial spinners of his generation, Sri Lankan veteran Muttiah Muralitharan bid an emotional goodbye to his 18-year-old Test career with an unprecedented tally of 800 wickets.
The 38-year-old bowler got the perfect send-off by guiding the Lankans to a 10-wicket victory over India in a match where he firmly etched his name in the pages of cricketing history by taking the required eight wickets to reach the 800-wicket mark.
It was an emotional moment for the eye-popping spin giant, who was given a guard of honor by both the Indian and Sri Lankan players during the match.
Firecrackers went off at the start of every day’s play to celebrate Muralitharan’s stupendous career and watched by his family, he ended with an amazing tally of 800 wickets in 133 Tests, and 515 wickets in 337 ODIs.
Although Muralitharan will no longer play Tests, he has kept open the option of playing the 2011 ODI World Cup, to be co-hosted by Sri Lanka along with India and Bangladesh.