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|Birth Date||17 April 1972|
The most successful bowler in international cricket, the wily Sri Lankan off-spinner, who often battled questions over the legality of his bowling action, picked up 1,347 wickets in his international career – over 300 more than the second-best, Shane Warne. Murali has an unorthodox action for an off-spinner; he uses more of his rubber-like wrists than his fingers, and gets the ball to turn on almost all surfaces. An integral part of the Chennai Super Kings line-up in the first three seasons of the IPL, he was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL Player Auction 2011. With 15 wickets at a niggardly 6.5 runs per over, Murali proved, in IPL 2012, his wizardry hasn’t left him yet. The 42-year-old played six matches for the Bengaluru-based franchise in IPL 2013 and was bought back by them in the 2014 Player Auction.