The 38-year-old Muttiah Muralitharan became the first bowler to take 800 Test wickets on the final day of his Test career.
Muralitharan took his 799th wicket in the 64th over, dismissing Harbhajan Singh with a doosra that trapped the batsman lbw. However, Indian wickets were tumbling and Murali was running out of potential victims: Harbhajan’s wicket left India on 197-7.
To the delight of his team-mates, however, Murali finally claimed his 800th when he dismissed Pragyan Ojha to prompt wild celebrations.
The wait and the tension is finally over! Tossed up outside off and the four men around the bat wait in anticipation! Ojha lunges forward, edges it and Mahela falls to his left and takes the catch at first slip! No need to look anywhere for confirmation, straightforward and Murali is ecstatic
He was hoisted shoulder-high by his team-mates, clutching the ball, in a fitting finale to an astonishing career.
Muralitharan is Test cricket’s highest wicket-taker, far ahead of second-placed Shane Warne on 708. It took the Australian 145 Tests to get to that figure, Murali played 12 fewer.