Muttiah Muralitharan was one step away from 800th wicket
Special request was made to Ishant Sharma while batting
New Delhi. It is about the year 2010. Team India was on a tour of Sri Lanka, where it had to play a series of 3 Test matches. Sri Lankan veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had taken 792 wickets. He had announced before the start of the series that he would retire from the format after the first Test match of the series against India.
The first Test match started in Galle from 18 July. Sri Lanka scored 520 runs while batting. In response, Team India got all out for 276 runs. Except Virender Sehwag (109), no other batsman could face Muttiah Muralitharan for a long time. Murali took 5 wickets. Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara asked India to follow after getting a lead of 244 runs. No century came from India in the second innings as well and the team lost 9 wickets for 314 runs. This time Lasith Malinga became a disaster, who sent 5 batters to the pavilion. The funny incident starts from here.
Number 10 batsman upset Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan took 2 wickets in the second innings and took 7 wickets in the match. Murali was just one step away from the record 800 wickets. This time was very important for him, because after this he does not get a chance again.Team Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha were on the wicket as India’s last pair. After the 9th fall, both these players made the Sri Lankan bowlers yearn for wickets for the next several overs. Muttiah Muralitharan was the most upset. After this what happened on the field, know it from the mouth of the world’s best spinner.
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Talking to Ravichandran Ashwin, Muralitharan said, 14 overs were left. The good thing for me was that Malinga had gone out of the field after getting injured. But slowly time was running out. During the drink break, I thought it better to talk to Ishant Sharma instead of Pragyan Ojha. I went up to him and said, Ishant… you are here too late. Just try to get a ball out of the ground and you are out. Things are not going to change by you standing here. You are not even scoring runs. At least let me take my 800th wicket.
To this Ishant said, “No… I will not do that at all. Team India’s Lambu stood his ground and did not give his wicket to Muralitharan. Finally, Murali bowled a ball just outside the off-stump, which spun rapidly and On this, Pragyan Ojha fired the bat. The ball went straight into the hands of Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan was jubilant. Ishant Sharma scored 31 runs in 106 balls. He returned to the dressing room without getting out.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 13, 2023, 07:56 IST