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A world record for Muralitharan

Rajneesh Gupta | August 01, 2005 18:39 IST

The wicket of India's Irfan Pathan in the opening match of Indian Oil Cup tri-series helped Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan register a new world record.

Pathan's wicket was the 368th wicket for Muralitharan in one-day internationals. He also has taken 549 wickets in Tests to register a combined aggregate of 917 wickets in international cricket.

With the wicket of debutant Venugopal Rao he extended his tally to 918, the highest combined aggregate for any bowler in international cricket -- toppling Pakistan's Wasim Akram from the apex position.

The following table lists the leading wicket-takers in all forms of international cricket -- Tests, ODIs and Twenty20:

918M MuralitharanSL549369-
916Wasim AkramPak414502-
880Shane WarneAus589291-
836Glenn McGrathAus5083235
789Waqar YounisPak373416-
784Anil KumbleInd461323-
746Courtney WalshWI519227-

Note: The performances in Tsunami relief match between a World XI and Asian XI have not been taken into account.

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