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    CW50 2nd Edition - No 08

    Just 4 points clear of the greatest cricketer from New Zealand we have the greatest cricketer from Sri Lanka

    Number 08 Muttiah Muralitharan

    Highest Ranking 3
    Total Points 795
    Number of Votes Received 49/57
    Rank in 1st Edition 12

    What they said of him

    He has performed in all types of wickets and terrorised batsmen across the world. No way any other bowler in the globe could surpass his feat (Erapalli Prasanna, the former Indian spin giant on Murali)

    I am never going to go around looking for another Murali. Because you are never going to find any. (Kumar Sangakkara on the retirement of Murali)

    The Don Bradman of Bowling (Glowing tribute from former Australian captain Steve Waugh)

    Muttiah Muralitharan




    Perhaps no cricketer since Douglas Jardine has polarised opinion quite like Muttiah Muralitharan. For the believers, he's among the greatest to ever spin a ball. For the doubters, he's a charlatan undeserving of the game's greatest records, responsible for changes in the laws that they think have legitimised throwing. What was undeniable was his ability to turn the ball sharply on just about any surface, and bowl the sort of marathon spells that would have seen a lesser man retire after five seasons rather than 18. Whether Sri Lanka played at home, on pitches where he was often unplayable, or overseas, Murali was the go-to man for half a dozen captains. He seldom disappointed. Backed to the hilt by Arjuna Ranatunga, he blossomed in the late 1990s, and there was a period when the opposition routinely budgeted for 20 Murali wickets or more in a three-Test series. As the years passed, his shyness gave way to a quiet confidence and wry sense of humour, and he won admirers around the world for the energy, time and money that he invested in reconstruction after a tsunami had devastated the Sri Lankan coast in 2004. Often the only Tamil in the side in a time of ethnic conflict, he became as powerful a unifying force as any in the country. That he was such a hero with ball in hand was only part of the story. After his retirement the Lankan dressing room will miss him for sure but more than them the cricket lovers will miss that angular run up the big eyes as they looked over his front shoulder at the spot where he wanted to land the ball and the delight when he snared his man. Sri Lankan and world cricket will probably not see the likes of him again. The man with the most number of test match wickets in history richly deserves a place in the pantheon of cricketing greats as the greatest off spinner of all time and he takes his place at number 8 in CW’s top 50 cricketers of all time.
    Last edited by smalishah84; 10-04-2012 at 09:38 AM.
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Don't really get the DRJ comparison tbh - two more dissimilar characters it is difficult to conceive of

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    Screw his bowling.I'll only miss his batting.

    Atleast we can be sure it was legal

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    I had him a bit lower, but have no problem with his ranking. At home on his tailor made pitches he was near un stopable.
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3


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    Dont think hes comparing them as cricketers, more on the fact that one group of people will consider them great, while another considers them cheats or worse...

    My guess about Murali being No.8 was correct then
    I had him at No.13 a few places above Warne probably screwed up there i think... in hindsight both should have been higher in my list, and one of them definitely deserves a top 10 position. No.8 sounds about right for arguably the greatest spinner ever

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    I had him at #4. Gun bowler with a near unmatched "peak". Equally effective in tests and ODIs, at picking wickets and containing scoring.

    EDIT: 18 people not voting for him is a travesty but I guess that's how it's always going to be with him
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    I had him at #4. Gun bowler with a near unmatched "peak". Equally effective in tests and ODIs, at picking wickets and containing scoring.
    I had him @ #5 (4?)
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    If it wasn't for his chucking, he would be top 5 easily imo - possibly even top 3.

    Quality player if he was legal.
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    Did anyone get receive vote from everyone?

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    I feel like an idiot for leaving both warne n murali out of the top 10... big mistake, dunno how it happened

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPrez View Post
    If it wasn't for his chucking, he would be top 5 easily imo - possibly even top 3.

    Quality player if he was legal.
    ICC defines what is legal and what is not. And ICC said Murali was legal

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    ICC defines what is legal and what is not. And ICC said Murali was legal
    Yeah, but there was still so much drama around how his action gave him an unfair advantage, and with that controversy hanging around him he never quite gets his full credit (if he deserves it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPrez View Post
    If it wasn't for his chucking, he would be top 5 easily imo - possibly even top 3.

    Quality player if he was legal.
    If it wasn't for his chucking he wouldn't even be top 250.
    "If that Swann lad is the future of spin bowling in this country, then we're ****ed." - Nasser Hussain, 1997.

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    Murali is the 2nd greatest sub-continental cricketer after Imran IMO.
    I think there'll sooner be another Bradman than another Warne. - Gidgeon Haigh

    [Warne is] the greatest bowler ever produced in this entire world - Muttiah Muralidaran

    [Warne is] the greatest bowler of all time - Glenn McGrath


    In my opinion Shane Warne is the greatest cricketer who's ever lived - Ian Botham

    Warne is the greatest cricketer to pick up a ball ever.
    And is the greatest bowler I have ever laid eyes on. - Brian Lara

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eds View Post
    If it wasn't for his chucking he wouldn't even be top 250.
    You know what I mean

    If it weren't for the furor surrounding his chucking.

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