Text: Shobha Warrier
On December 3, 2007, when Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan bowled Paul Collingwood for 45 shortly before lunch on the third day of the first Test against England, he became the highest wicket taker in the world.
He overtook the record of 708 Test wickets, held by Australian legend Shane Warne.
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When the news reached Chennai, the happiest person was Dr Nitya Ramamurthy, his mother-in-law.
The lady recounts the moment:
Everyone wanted Murali to beat Warne's record in Kandy, as it was his home town.
He studied there and his skill as a spinner was identified there. So, it would be great to break the world record in front of his family, teachers, friends and other local people. There would be so many people to cheer him. I also wanted him to achieve the feat in Sri Lanka.
In Australia, you know how they are to him.
Main Photograph: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. Inset: Dr Ramamurthy. Photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj
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