What's the meaning of 'Real Winner'? Really winning is something different than winning on a day. That's what Muralitharan has shown this world. Recently we saw the last test match of a great fighter in Muralitharan; a down to earth, multi-talented personality. Time & again, when everybody has written him off(by their unprofessional criticisms, he always bounced back & showed what he is capable of. He let is ball do the talking, 800 wickets is no mean achievement - nobody can even come near him. Remember, he took these wickets in such a low number of matches, that another landmark. Murali is Murali and can never be displaced.
He was unduly criticised in a very unprofessional way by a lot of umpires & guys for his action. Harper & Emerson call for no-balls during a number of matches & I still remember this match - it was against England, in Adelaide that Emerson call Murali for no-ball continuously. Arjuna Ranatunga, then captain of SL team, walked out signalling a protest. After things were sorted out, ENG scored around 302 runs. Ranatunga before starting their innings, said that they will win this match for Murali. Then when SL batted - they attacked from all quarters, starting with Jayasuriya,scoring a 56 of mere 30 odd balls & Mahela Jayawerdene scoring a century; SL won the match - with Murali scoring the last few runs. That was one of the finest example to show how a positive leader like Ranatunga, motivated & supported Murali during all these allegations. He was a great source of strength to Murali & kudos to him. Also in 1998, the 1 off test match against ENG in Oval, Murali single handedly destroyed ENG and won the match for SL.
Whatever is said & done; people need to have an open mindset to accept the fact that - Murali is a genius & legend. His skills & competency are truly natural that should be respected. Above all his feats, he is a wonderful human being, true winner & someone who respects fellow cricketers.
I really feel sad that people like Bishen Singh Bedi still keep criticising Murali, by calling him a chucker. It only shows his immaturity, lack of character & unprofessionalism. By the way, nobody know what credentials does he have to criticise Murali? If he would played in this era, he was less than very ordinary bowler, who can be easliy thrashed (consistently) out of the ground even by a number 11 batsman..............