Muttiah Muralitharan Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Family, Biography, Controversies & More

Muttiah Muralitharan

Real NameMuttiah Muralitharan
NicknamesMurali, 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
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
International DebutODI- 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 TeamsSri Lanka, Kandurata, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Coach/MentorSunil Fernando
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
Muttiah Muralitharan Receiving Sri Lankan of the Year 2017 Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 April 1972
Age (as of 2023) 51 Years
BirthplaceNattarampotha, Kandy (Sri Lanka)
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
Signature Signature of Muttiah Muralitharan
NationalitySri Lankan
HometownKandy, Sri Lanka
SchoolSt Anthony's College, Kandy
College/UniversityNot Known
Educational QualificationNot Known
CasteBackward Class (BC)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressColombo, 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
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Marriage Date21 March 2005
Wife/SpouseR Madhi Malar
Muttiah Muralitharan With His Wife Madhi Malar
ChildrenSon- Naren
Daughter- Krisha
Muttiah Muralitharan With His Family
ParentsFather- Sinnasamy Muttiah (businessman)
Mother- Lakshmi Muttiah
SiblingsBrothers- Three
Sister- Not Known
Favourite Things
Favourite CricketersBatsmen- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara
Bowlers- Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh
Favourite FoodChinese, seafood, fish, South Indian chicken curry, rice and curry
Favourite ActorsS. Chandrasekar (Tamil actor), Rajinikanth
Favourite Colour Blue
Style Quotient
Car CollectionKia Rio
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known
Net Worth (approx.)₹52 crore 10 lakh ($8 million)
Muttiah Muralitharan

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.
  • He is the only cricketer of Indian origin, who represented Sri Lanka in international cricket and acquired the Overseas Citizenship of India.