|Murali chucks McGrath out of top spot
While some believe the Sri Lankan off-spinner is the worlds best bowler and one of the greats to have played the game, others feel he is nothing but a glorified chucker who has somehow managed to evade crickets laws on throwing.
Muralitharans 13-wicket haul in Sri Lankas thumping Test win over Zimbabwe including nine wickets in the first innings, helped him supplant Australian spearhead Glenn McGrath as the worlds No. I bowler.
He now have a little over 400 wickets in 71 matches and, at 29 years of age has plenty of time to pass Courtney Walshs world record of 519 Test wickets.
Some feel when he bowls his topspinneras opposed to his regular off-breakhe wheels his arm forward and It straightens.
The laws of cricket deem that as a throw.
1. Brian Lara West Indies
2. Sachin Tendulkar India
3. Andy Flower Zimbabwe
4. Matthew Hayden Australia
5. Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan
6. Steve Waugh Australia
1. Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka
2. Glenn McGrath Australia
3. Shaun Pollock South Africa
4. Allan Donald South Africa
5. Darren Gough England
6. Shane Warne Australia
He has been no-balled for throwing by three Australian umpiresDarrell Hair, Ross Emerson and Tony McQuillan.
In other rankings, injured speedster Jason Gillespie dropped one place to eighth, Brett Lee climbed from 17th to 15th and leg-spinner Stuart MacGill leapt from 25th to 18th with his seven wickets in the Third Test at the SCG.
In the batting rankings, rampaging Australian opener Matthew Hayden jumped to a
career-best fourth following his third century from as many Tests against South Africa.
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