When Muttiah Muralitharan ends his Test cricket career this week, he will do so with a tally of nearly 800 wickets. While that is formidable, there is another reason to believe nobody will ever approach his record. Muralitharan needed 132 Test matches to reach that mark, but with the proliferation of Twenty20 and one-day matches, it’s unlikely any cricketer will ever play that many Test matches. In fact, as his former captain Arjuna Ranatunga noted, Muralitharan chose to quit the prestige of Test cricket ahead of limited-overs cricket, rather than the other way round. That may be indicative of how the norm has changed.

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