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President hails Murali as son of the soil

Jul 22, 2010 7:47:29 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa today hailed Muttiah Muralitharan’s latest achievement. In a congratulatory message, the President Sri Lanka is proud of this son of our soil, who has reached the greatest height as a bowler with his new record.

In all this time, Murali has been an ornament in the world of cricket, overcoming the gravest of challenges, spinning his way to success for himself, his team and his country. He has won the admiration of all who loved Cricket, and earned well deserved plaudits for his continued success in all forms of the game. The records he has notched in Test Cricket and ODIs will be eagerly chased by many a bowler in the years to come, though it will be a difficult task.

Even in retirement from Test Cricket, the President emphasized that they looked forward to the contribution that Murali will continue make in the field of sports and leadership, especially the example he will set to the youth of Sri Lanka, in keeping alive the true spirit of competition and sportsmanship. The President wished Murali every success in the years ahead.