Australian legend Shane Warne insists Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s record total of 800 Test wickets will never be beaten.
Muralitharan reached the astonishing haul with his final ball in Test cricket when he dismissed Pragyan Ojha to bring India’s second innings to an end in the first Test at Galle yesterday. The 38-year-old had announced before the start of the series that he would retire from the Test cricket after the Galle clash, setting up the prospect of a final bid to the become the first man to reach the 800 landmark. He went into the Test needing eight wickets and completed the task in dramatic fashion, much to the delight of retired leg-spinner Warne.
The 40-year-old is second to Muralitharan in the all-time list on 708 wickets after the Sri Lankan passed Warne’s mark in December 2007.