|Real Name||Muttiah Muralitharan|
|Nicknames||Murali, Mumu, The Smiling Assassin, Master Technician, Don Bradman of Bowling|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||- Chest: 40 inches
- Waist: 32 inches
- Biceps: 14 inches
|International Debut||ODI- 12 August 1993, Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS)
Test- 28 August 1992, Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS)
T20- 22 December 2006, New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington
|Jersey Number||#800 (Sri Lanka)
|Domestic/State Teams||Sri Lanka, Kandurata, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club|
|Records (main ones)||• Most career wickets in tests with 800 (average- 22.72) in 133 matches
• Most career wickets in ODIs with 534 (average- 23.08) in 350 matches
• Most 'Man of the Series' trophies (11) in test cricket
• Single player to get 50+ wickets against every test playing country
• 16 March 2004 - Youngest bowler in the world to get 500 wickets
• Only player to grab at least ten wickets against every test-playing nation
• Only bowler to get over 75 wickets in a single year during- 2000, 2001 and 2006
• First wrist off-spinner in the cricket history
|Awards/Honours||• Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2000
• Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2006
• Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2017
|Date of Birth||17 April 1972|
|Age (as in 2017)||45 Years|
|Birthplace||Nattarampotha, Kandy (Sri Lanka)|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Aries|
|Hometown||Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|School||St Anthony's College, Kandy|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Caste||Backward Class (BC)|
|Address||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Controversies||• He was accused by umpires for wrong bowling actions like chucking, but he cleared the tests of biomechanical experts and got the clean chits from the ICC as well as independent observers
• Allegedly, he was accused of having the connection with a Mumbai bar dancer Tarannum Khan, and through her, with the match-fixing agents
|Girls, Affairs & More|
|Marriage Date||21 March 2005|
|Wife/Spouse||R Madhi Malar
|Parents||Father- Sinnasamy Muttiah (businessman)
Mother- Lakshmi Muttiah
Sister- Not Known
|Favourite Cricketers||Batsmen- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara
Bowlers- Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh
|Favourite Food||Chinese, seafood, fish, South Indian chicken curry, rice and curry|
|Favourite Actors||S. Chandrasekar (Tamil actor), Rajinikanth|
|Car Collection||Kia Rio|
|Net Worth (approx.)||₹52 crore 10 lakh ($8 million)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Muttiah Muralitharan
- Does Muttiah Muralitharan smoke?: Not Known
- Does Muttiah Muralitharan drink alcohol?: Not Known
- His grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy was shifted to Central Sri Lanka from South India in 1920.
- He used to play rugby in his school.
- At the age of 14, when he played for his school, he won the title ‘Bata schoolboy cricketer of the year’ in 1990/91 season.
- In 1991, when he was selected for the Sri Lanka-A tour of England, he left school to join the ‘Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic club.’
- In 12 T20s, he took 13 wickets at an average of 22.84.
- He took 1374 wickets (average- 19.64) in 232 first-class matches.
- In January 1998, while playing against England, he reached his career’s best test match figure 16/220.
- On 9 April 2002, he acquired 4th ranking in the LG ICC best ever ODI bowling ratings (913).
- He grabbed 53 wickets in 31 matches of world cup tournaments in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
- During his third test against Zimbabwe in Galle, he was the fastest bowler to take the 400 wickets.
- On 7 July 2010, he announced his retirement from the test cricket. In the same year, he proclaimed his retirement from the International cricket also.
- On 1 August 2015, President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena appointed him as the Brand Ambassador for the ‘Presidential Task Force’ to combat kidney disease.
- He likes to eat crispy duck and milk chocolate.
- Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are his best friends in the cricket world.
- He is the only cricketer of Indian origin, who represented Sri Lanka in international cricket and acquired the Overseas Citizenship of India.
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