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Muralitharan defies critics to recapture record

December 3, 2007

At first glance Muttiah Muralitharan contradicts a fundamental rule of bowling, namely the requirement to deliver the ball with a straight arm.

From a relaxed front-on action the Sri Lankan, who recaptured the world Test wickets record on Monday with his 61st five-wicket innings haul, flicks the ball with a prodigious twist of strong fingers from an elastic wrist.

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  • The results are often devastating. Equally so has been the rumbling unrest in sections of the cricketing world since the Tamil from Kandy made his Test debut against Australia in Colombo 15 years ago.

    Photographs: Getty Images | Text: Reuters

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