The Muthiah Muralidaran Arm - A Study in Pictures
Courtesy of Ravindra
Murali undergoing 3-days rigorous testing at the Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology.
Figure on left (above) shows the attached instrumentation (goniometer
and force sensing resistor) and right (above) figure shows Muralidaran
in action with the equipment.
Testing involved OBJECTIVE measurements using a state-of-the-art
electro-goniometer for measuring
elbow angle and a force sensing resistor on spinning finger to determine
actual point of ball release. All information was stored in a data-logger
and subjected to computer analyses subsequently. Split-view video
recordings (back view and side view) were also made. A sample
is shown below.
The Muralitharan action, captured using digitized
The ball is released in frame 9. You can see the ball in the air
in frame 10. Note that the back view of Frame 9 APPEARS to show
an extended arm. However, the side view (see below) shows the bend
that exists in his arm (flexion deformity).
Don't believe it?
Take a look at Frame 7. The elbow appears to have a near right
angle from the back. The side view, however, appears to show a near
So What's going On ?
Pictures re published courtesy of
Ravindra S. Goonetilleke©