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CEAT International Cricket Ratings place Muralitharan as cricketer of the year
[01 Jan 2001]

Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan receives a special commemorative award for his 300th wicket in international Test matches at Durban's Kingsmead stadium 30 December 2000.
(AFP Photo)


Sri Lanka’s spinner Muthiah Muralitharan is heading the CEAT Cricket ratings, as on the 31st December 2000, ranking Zimbabwean Andy Flower and Sri Lankan Marvan Atapattu as second and third respectively.

Saurav Ganguly, previous year’s topper and Sachin Tendulkar, previous year’s runner-up, occupy the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

With a total tally of 72 points, Murali leads Andy Flower, his nearest rival, by 10 points.

Murali's outstanding performance includes his 13 wickets in the Galle Test against the South Africans in July enabled Sri Lanka to register a thumping win by an innings and 15 runs, and his spell of 7-30 against the Indians at Sharjah in October which was the best-ever performance by any bowler in one-day cricket.

Marvan Atapattu stands third in the Ratings. He had a fabulous home season in the middle of 2000, with scores of 207 against Pakistan and 120 against the touring South Africans. He also performed brilliantly in the Asia Cup at Dhaka in June, and the Coca Cola triangular at Sharjah in October.

Sri Lanka ended sixth while India holds the fifth spot in the CEAT Team Ratings. England, in the wake of the historic series wins against Pakistan and the West Indies, top the list.



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