Sydney: Sri Lankan great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes that only Ravichandran Ashwin can get 700 to 800 wickets in the current round of spinners. According to him, Nathan Lyon of Australia is not capable of reaching this point.
Muttiah Muralitharan has the highest number of 800 wickets in Test cricket, while Shane Warne is second with 708 wickets and Anil Kumble is third with 619 wickets. Ashwin has taken 377 wickets in 74 Tests while Lion has taken 396 wickets in 99 Tests.
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Muralitharan said, ‘Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin) has a chance because he is a great bowler. Apart from him, no other bowler can reach 800 wickets. Nathan Lion does not have that ability. He is close to 400 wickets but will have to play a lot of matches to get there.
Muralitharan said, ‘Everything changed from T20 and ODI cricket. When I used to play, the batsmen were rich in technique and the wickets were flat. Now the matches are ending in 3 days. In my time, the bowlers had to make an extra effort to bring results and show the brilliance of spin.
He said, ‘Nowadays, while holding the line and length, you get 5 wickets because batsmen do not last long while playing aggressive.’ Muralitharan played cricket during the time of Warne, Kumble, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and later Harbhajan Singh.
He said, ‘At that time spinners had to work very hard for the wicket. This is the reason why others used to work on finding balls. Now with the arrival of T20, there has been a change in diversity.
Muralitharan played only one series against India in 2008 after the arrival of DRS and believes that the use of this technique at that time would have increased his wicket.
Murali said, ‘I would say that if DRS were there, my name would have been more wickets because then the batsmen would not be able to use the pad so easily. He used to get the benefit of doubt.