Colombo:Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday created history by becoming the highest wicket-taker in one-day cricket, eclipsing Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram's world record of 502 one-day scalps.
The legendary off-spinner dismissed Indian opener Gautam Gambhir to become the most successful bowler in the history of the game as he already holds the record of the most Test wickets (769).
Muralitharan, who had equalled Akram's record in the previous match against India, took his 503rd wicket when Gambhir edged one to wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara and now has a mind-boggling 1272 wickets to his name in both forms of the game.
The 36-year-old spinner achieved the feat playing in his 328th match while Akram had played 356 ties to create his tally.
Muralitharan had equalled the record in the last one-dayer at the same venue when he had dismissed Yuvraj Singh.
The top-10 wicket-takers in One-Day Internationals.
Muttiah Muralitharan (SL): 503
Wasim Akram (Pak): 502
Waqar Younis (Pak): 416
Chaminda Vaas (SL): 400
Shaun Pollock (SA): 393
Glenn McGrath (Aus): 381
Anil Kumble (Ind): 337
Javagal Srinath (Ind): 315
Sanath Jayasuriya (SL): 312
Brett Lee (Aus): 303.