For one last time in Test cricket that most controversial bowling arm of our times will release the ball. For one last time many of us will enjoy the experience of watching the greatest offspinner the world has seen.
For one last time some of us will call him a chucker. For one last time every one of us will laugh as we see him slog joyously to the on side. For one last time the slow motion replays will linger on his conspiratorial smile on that whirring right arm on those eyes that almost pop out at release on that final shudder of the body after he pivots and comes to rest and on his eager face that follows the trajectory of the ball. In the years to come it will be something to say that we have seen Muttiah Muralitharan bowl.