Muttiah Muralitharan’s last ODI delivery on home soil, in the 2011 ICC World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, was adorned by a wicket, stirring up memories of the spin legend’s last ball in Test cricket which had also gained him a final victim — his 800th.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara said that the iconic bowler deserved every bit of success, as also the ‘fairy tale endings’ that brought him wickets in his last balls on home turf in the two formats.
"He needed eight wickets in his last Test to reach 800 and he did that. He got a wicket off his last ball tonight.
“Murali deserves these fairy tale endings because he has no ego and no pretences. He is a complete team man and a very hard working cricketer," Sangakkara said.