Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he bowed out of a glittering Test career with 800 wickets.
In dramatic scenes, he dismissed Pragyan Ojha to reach the 800-mark to bowl out India in the second innings of the first Test in Galle, a game Sri Lanka went on to win in comprehensive fashion in their second innings.
He had taken five for 63 - his 67th five-wicket haul in Tests - as India were bowled out for 276 in their first innings, which handed Sri Lanka a huge lead and they enforced the follow-on.
Muralitharan then grabbed the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Abhimanyu Mithun before being forced to wait for the final wicket of the innings and the one which pushed him past another landmark.
He took 795 of those wickets for Sri Lanka with the remaining five coming for the ICC World XI in a one-off Test against Australia in 2005.
Although there were a number of fine performances in the past seven days, including batting feats from Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Azhar Ali and Welsey Barresi, as well as fine bowling efforts from Lasith Malinga, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, Muralitharan takes the award as much for recognition of a wonderful career as his performance in the match.
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