Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan Levels Wasim Akram’s ODI Record of 502 Wickets

Sri Lanka lost the third ODI to India by 147 runs in what they lost their last chance to save the series as India clinched the 5-match ODI series 3-0, winning the first three matches of the series. There is no doubt that it was a miserable day for the Sri Lankan team, but veteran off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan brought an occasion for the home fans to cheer on when he picked up the wicket of centurion Yuvraj Singh, making him the catch of Kapugedera and this was the only success Muralitharan brought up for Sri Lanka today as he finished 1 for 60. Still, the solitary wicket has become something special not only for Muralitharan but also for the Sri Lankan fans too. Why?

Well, picking up Yuvraj Singh’s wicket, the 36-year-old took his ODI wicket tally to 502, leveling Wasim Akram’s record for most wickets in ODI. So, though neither Sri Lankan nor Muralitharan had a successful day on the pitch, this should be a special day for the veteran spinner who has been dominating world cricket for more than a decade. Now, let us see if Muttiah Muralitharan can get past Wasim Akram to become the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket in the fourth ODI of the series.

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