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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