View Poll Results: Which of the following options do you think is the most appropriate rank for Murali

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    14 20.90%
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Thread: Murali The Greatest Asian Cricketer Ever

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    Murali The Greatest Asian Cricketer Ever

    Muralitharan retiring from international cricket marks the end of an era. An ATG great bowler. Arguably the greatest spinner ever to play the game. A wicket taking machine. Highest wicket taker in tests and ODIs. A champion on the field as well as off it. Now that his career has ended where do CWers rate him in the pantheon of Asian cricketing greats?
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Next only to the barely believable legend Imran Khan.

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    Actually the way Tendulkar has performed during the last 3-4 years I think he has a fair chance of edging out Murali. Actually that was the main reason that prompted me to come up with this thread

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    Murali and Sachin are both damn close, but I think it's fair to say Imran trumps them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Actually the way Tendulkar has performed during the last 3-4 years I think he has a fair chance of edging out Murali. Actually that was the main reason that prompted me to come up with this thread
    On weight of sheer number of runs, yes. But Tendulkar still doesn't have some individual performances to match Lara. Murali the bowler has everything. No one else has taken 9 or more wickets twice etc etc.

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    Lara's not Asian though, so I don't see how he's relevant.

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    Imran > Sachin > Murali

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Murali and Sachin are both damn close,.
    exactly

    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    On weight of sheer number of runs, yes. But Tendulkar still doesn't have some individual performances to match Lara. Murali the bowler has everything. No one else has taken 9 or more wickets twice etc etc.
    I think the only thing that Tendulkar probably doesn't have atm is a triple hundred. His record is arguably the most complete of all batsmen. Murali doesn't have a great record in Australia either. It is damn close as Jono says. Yeah, and Lara is not relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    On weight of sheer number of runs, yes. But Tendulkar still doesn't have some individual performances to match Lara. Murali the bowler has everything. No one else has taken 9 or more wickets twice etc etc.
    Actually no, murali's test record isn't complete like sachin's . Awful vs Aus in Aus and mediocre vs Ind in Ind in tests .

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    IMO Murali is the greatest bowler in the history of the game. What he achieved in his 9-year peak period is staggering, almost Bradmanesque: 7 wickets per test match at an average of 21 against non-minnow sides. As a cricketer though I would place him behind Imran Khan. It's awfully hard for a pure bowler to match the sheer value of a great bowling all-rounder/captain

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    Lara is of course relevant. You have to see how these greats stand alongside other cricketers of their age. Anyway, you're not going to convince me against Murali. I love him as much as a straight man can love another man

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    how has chee quee not been mentioned yet

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    Sachin for me, but Murali is one of the nicest,

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    Sachin has definitely edged out Murali in the last 2 years imo.

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    its a toss up between Imran,Sachin and Murali really very difficult to decide.

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