Muttiah Muralitharan is a former Sri Lankan crickter who is widely considered one of the greatest bowlers ever to play the game. Check some interesting trivia about him:
Muttiah Muralitharan was born on April 17, 1972 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
He holds the world record for the most wickets in both test (800) and one-day cricket (534).
He started his cricketing career as a medium pace bowler but on the advice of his school coach he took up off-spin.
Muralitharan married Madhimalar Ramamurthy, a Chennai girl, on 21 March 2005
He had most 5-wicket hauls in an innings at Test level - 67
He had most 10-wicket hauls in a match at Test level - 22. He is also the only player to take 10 wickets in a test match against every Test playing nation.
Only player to take 10 wickets in a Test in four consecutive matches. He achieved this feat twice.
The only bowler to take 75 or more wickets in a calendar year on three occasions, achieving it in 2000, 2001 and 2006
He won 19 Man Of Match awards in Test cricket and 14 in ODI.
He holds the record of "Most Man of the series" award - 11 times
He currently holds the record for the most ducks ever in international cricket (Tests, ODI's and T20), with a total of 59 ducks.
Most successful bowler/fielder (non-wicket keeper) combination – caught Mahela Jayawardene bowled Muttiah Muralitharan - 77 times
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh called him "the Don Bradman of bowling".