Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a two-day Sri Lanka visit right now inaugurated a Rs 150 crore super-speciality hospital built with India’s assistance in Dickoya, to help a large Tamil community who are of Indian-origin. After the inauguration, he addressed the people of Tamil community and said, “it is a great pleasure to be here today. And, I am most grateful for your warm and enthusiastic welcome.” The highlight of PM Modi’s speech, at least for sportslovers, was him mentioning the name of legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
The Prime Minister lauded Sri Lanka for gifting the world one of the finest off-spinners. “In more recent times, you have gifted to the world one of the finest spinners in cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan,” said PM Modi. Muralitharan, who represented Sri Lanka between 1992 and 2011 is the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 800 scalps from 133 matches to his name at an impressive bowling average of 22.72. Apart from this Murali also picked up 534 wickets from 350 One Day Internationals.
Watch the full speech here:
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Interestingly, he played his last Test and ODI against India in July 2010 and April 2011 respectively. His last ODI was the memorable 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in which India defeated Sri Lanka to become the world champions. He is currently the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Recently, Muttiah Muralitharan along with other team members Kane Williamson, Ben Cutting and Siraj Md visited the Apollo Hospitals along with joint managing director of the hospital Sangita Reddy, Jeevandan incharge Dr G Swarnalatha among others and took a pledge to donate their organs and encourage others to come forward and pledge their organs too, reported news agency PTI.
At the event, PM Modi remembered the journey of people who started their journey from India to Ceylon. “We remember your forefathers. men & women of strong will & courage, who undertook the journey of their life from India to then Ceylon,” he said. PM added that people of Sri Lanka worked hard and fought for their rights and appreciated the fact that they did it peacefully.