Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, it would be very cruel not to acknowledge Murali's resilience and remarkable strength in battling 12 years of adversity and scrutiny.
Murali has taken it all with a smile and let his bowling do the talking. He has utilised all available options including science to prove his innocence.
- Bio mechanical Testing at the University of Hong Kong
- Australia Coach Foster Clears Muralidaran (22 Jan 1996)
- Murali in career-defining test
- Armed and dangerous
- Channel 4 unlocks Murali's secrets
Now the critics call for some non existent technology that's far from reality. "Test him in live test match conditions" says Jenner and Warne. All this on the verge of Murali breaking Warne's record for the title of leading wicket taker in history.
Regardless of the truth and what's right and wrong, Warne chose to pick on the most sensitive topic in Murali's life and decided to hound him with it on the verge of his most special moment. This too after Warne went on record in 2004 to claim Murali is not a chucker. The true qualities of a great sportsman eh?
Many others have also played their part in making Murali's existence in cricket miserable. The International Cricket Council's inaugural 'team of the year 2004' selectors omitted Murali from a honorary XI. Muralidaran was left out of the honorary Test side chosen on performances in the 12 months - the period in which he became the most successful bowler in Test history.
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Were the laws changed to accommodate Murali?
NO, The tolerance levels had been set at five degrees for spinners, seven-and-a-half for medium-pacers, and 10 for quick bowlers, a scenario that had invited much criticism from past greats like Ian Chappell. But the study conducted by three prominent bio mechanics experts suggests that the human eye can only detect a kink in the action if the straightening is more than 15 degrees.
The trio used cameras shooting at 250 frames per second - ten times the speed of a TV camera - to illustrate phenomena like 'adduction' and hyper extension which can convince an observer watching without the aid of technology that the bowler is chucking.
Based on these findings, the ICC extended the tolerance limit to 15 degrees for all bowlers, regardless of whether they bowl at Shane Warne's pace or Shoaib Akhtar's.
Murali was born with a congenital deformity of the elbow and as a result he is unable to straighten his elbow. Murali's wrists are so supple that the back of his middle finger can touch the back of his forearm. His shoulder rotates in a 360 degree motion.