Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday became the
first bowler to take 800 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in the
last Test of his illustrious career.
The 38-year-old spin wizard got Indian tailender Pragyan Ojha caught
at slip by Mahela Jayawardene to reach the magical figure,
which puts him several pedestals above his contemporaries. The
enigmatic off-spinner needed eight wickets going into the match and as
he marched towards the mark, he was made to feel special by some
emotional gestures along the way from both the Indian and Sri Lankan
players. He was given a guard of honour on the third day of the
rain-hit match by both the teams and firecrackers were set off at the
start of play everyday to celebrate his achievement.