A bowler has an important role to play in winning any match. You will often see during the match that the team is defeated due to bad bowling. However, the report mentions five bowlers who have set a unique record and picked wickets on the last ball of their careers. Let’s take a look:
5 Bowlers Who Took Wickets on the Last Ball of Their Careers
1) Muttiah Muralitharan:
Before the first Test against India in 2010, legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan announced that this would be the last match of his career. At that time he had 692 wickets in his name. Sri Lankan cricket fans had hoped that he would get 6 more wickets which would be 600 wickets. His departure also became a surprise. He achieved this feat by dismissing Pragyan Ojha as the last ball of his career.
2) Glenn McGrath:
The list also includes the legendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath. In 2006, he dismissed England’s James Anderson as the last ball of his Test career. Glenn McGrath has always been famous for his bowling line and length. It was not easy for any batsman to face him. He has played for Australia in all three formats and has taken a total of 949 wickets.
3) Lasith Malinga:
Sri Lankan ‘Yorker King’ Lasith Malinga also managed to take a wicket at the end of his career. He was repeatedly criticized for his bizarre bowling action. He played his last one-day international against Bangladesh in 2019 and achieved this feat by dismissing Mostafizur Rahman. In this match, Lasith Malinga took 3 wickets in 9.4 overs including 2 maidens.
4) Sir Richard Hadley:
Former New Zealand fast bowler Richard Hadley is considered one of the best bowlers in the history of cricket. His inswing and outswing made him extraordinary. He became the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 400 wickets. He played his last Test against England in 1990 and was bowled by D.C. Malcolm picked up the wicket. Richard Hadley has taken 431 wickets in 6 Tests for New Zealand.
5) Ross Taylor:
Ross Taylor is the only batsman to take wickets at the end of his career. Ross Taylor played the last Test match of his career against Bangladesh in January 2022. In this match, he got Ebadat Hossain out and put his name in the list of this unique record. Then he said goodbye. Ross Taylor is one of the best batsmen in the world of cricket.