Colombo:Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday surpassed Australia's Shane Warne in creating a new world record by bowling the highest number of maiden overs in Test cricket.
Muralitharan, playing in his 128th Test currently underway against the New Zealand, overtook Warne's record by bowling his 1752nd maiden over at the Galle Stadium. Warne has bowled 1751 maidens in his 145-Test career.
Muralitharan set up the record when he bowled the 79th over of the first innings during the first Test for a maiden. It was the 27th over of Murali and the batsman on the crease against whom the deliveries were bolwed was allrounder Jacob Oram.
Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in both Tests and in ODIs. He took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir in February this year in Colombo, to surpass Wasim Akram's ODI record of 502 wickets.
The 37-year-old Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he overtook the previous record-holder Shane Warne in December 2007.