Sydney: Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg says that Team India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin) can break the record of the most Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in Test wickets. Ashwin has 409 wickets in 78 Tests and is still 391 wickets behind Muralitharan’s 800 Test wickets.
Ashwin can break Muralitharan’s world record
Brad Hogg said, ‘Ashwin is 34 years old and I think he can play the test till the age of 42 years. His batting may decline, but he is emerging day by day in bowling. He will take at least more than 600 Test wickets. May be he breaks Muralitharan’s record of 800 wickets as well.
Ashwin’s hunger to take wickets kept increasing
Brad Hogg told Times Now, ‘The reason for his chase is that he is good and he has the ability and Ashwin’s hunger to take wickets is increasing. He has also played in county cricket to adapt to the environment of England, due to which Ashwin has become a successful cricketer in recent times.
Ashwin like a chess player
Brad Hogg called Ashwin like a chess player on the field and praised the courage he showed on the last Australia tour. Hogg said, ‘You can never think of scoring runs against Ashwin. He is such a bowler that you would like to play against because you will know that playing against Ashwin will be a good test for you.
Hog respects Ashwin a lot
Hogg said, ‘I think he is like a chess player inside the ground. After the valor shown by Ashwin in the last Australia tour of India, I have great respect for Ashwin. It was my privilege to play against them. He is a great bowler. Hogg has played seven Tests, 120 ODIs and 15 T20s for Australia. Hogg said, “Even though Ashwin is currently the world’s best off-spinner, we cannot call him an on time greatest bowler due to changes in atmosphere and rules.”