Murali Kartik led twin triumphs for Railways, where he did play a pivotal role, and also went on to earn them the two Irani Trophy wins © Getty Images
Murali Kartik led twin triumphs for Railways, where he did play a pivotal role, and also went on to earn them the two Irani Trophy wins © Getty Images

Murali Kartik, one of the finest spinner India ever produced, turned 39 on Sunday, as he celebrated his birthday. He started his fame ever since he has been playing for Railways, as he led twin triumphs for Railways, where he did play a pivotal role, and also went on to earn them the two Irani Trophy wins. In 2004, he put up a sensational performance in an international tie against Australia, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, as he allowed Australia to be bundled for mere 93, thus allowing India to script a historic 13-run win in the One-Day International (ODI), while he again troubled Australia in the same year with a figure of six for 27, and put up a 52-run stand for the ninth wicket to pull off a thrilling win. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh wish Murali Kartik on his 40th birthday

Kartik’s career too was filled with controversies, while one of the most controversial moment came when he was rumored to be banned by the National Cricket Academy (NCA). However, he was soon back to grab the headline after he was involved in Mankading Alex Barrow. He also performed extremely well in the county cricket, where he also became4 the first overseas player to take a 10-wicket haul in a game for Lancashire, and also led Middlesex to their maiden Twenty20 (T20) cup win. Murali Kartik narrates how Harbhajan Singh trolled team India

Kartik was also known to be one of the most versatile players in the history, who could be well aggressive at times, while immediately switching to an easy mood. He was immensely successful in the domestic circuit, as in the Ranji Trophy, he performed well with the ball, especially with his famous arm ball delivery, while he also played excellent role along side few of the great Indian players, as he also troubled most of the left-handed batsmen by delivering around the wicket, thus leading to make them cramp.