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May 10, 2004

A true Tiger

There is only one national hero in Sri Lanka and he answers to the name of Muttiah Muralitharan.

In a country torn apart by internal strife, the 32-year-old off-spinner is the one man who brings the warring Sinhalese and the Tamil communities together.

A 'freak of nature' to some; a 'javelin thrower' to others, Murali is surely a cricketing genius who can turn a cricket ball on any given surface.

British daily The Guardian called Murali the closest thing to Bradman with a ball.

On May 10, 2004, The Tamilian broke the world record for most Test wickets and dwarfed the bowling feats of other bowling greats.

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