Congratulations and hearty cheers, Murali dear,
Champion bowler all these years,
Blue-eyed boy of cricket fame
Bids adieu to Test the great old game,
Ross Emerson and Darrel Hair
Caused you problems, but you didn’t care;
Australian fans called you names
But still you are a cricketer of fame.
With all odds against your skill,
How you have surprised them all;
You had to climb the greasy pole
And you had to trudge the thorny road.
Like Bradman, Sobers, Hall et al,
You are in that elite board;
But dear Murali, you top them all –
Because in your invisible records, you stand tall.
We salute you in obeisance
For your heroics par excellence;
In letters of gold your name will be inscribed
For the Herculean task you have accomplished;
You are the world’s best bowler, our precious pride –