: Sri Lanka's world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday brushed aside criticism of his bowling action saying his unorthodox style was a gift from God.

Muralitharan's 18-year career was marred by controversy due to his bent-arm action — the result of an elbow deformity since birth — which helped him impart considerable turn and bounce even on the most placid wickets. “I have no regrets at all of being called a controversial bowler,” the 38-year-old told reporters in Colombo. “I have proved everything by use of technology. I don't regret anything. My talent is God's gift.” — AFP .

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