Sydney: Great Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan estimates that only Ravichandran Ashwin can get 700-800 wickets in the current spinner series. According to him, the Australian Nathan Lyon is not able to reach this point.
Muttiah Muralitharan has the most 800 wickets in Test cricket, while Shane Warne is second with 708 wickets and Anil Kumble is third with 619 wickets. Ashwin took 377 wickets in 74 tests while Lion took 396 wickets in 99 tests.
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Muralitharan said, “Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin) has a chance because he’s a great bowler. Other than him, no other bowler can reach 800 wickets. Nathan Lion does not have this ability. It is close to 400 wickets but will have to play a lot of matches to get there.
Muralitharan said, “Everything has changed since T20 and ODI cricket. When I was playing, the drummers were very technical and the wickets were flat. Now the matches are over in 3 days. In my day bowlers had to go the extra mile to deliver results and show the brilliance of the spin.
He said: “ Nowadays while holding line and length you get 5 wickets because drummers don’t last long playing aggressively. Muralitharan played cricket during the times of Warne, Kumble, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and later Harbhajan Singh.
He said: ‘Back then the spinners had to work really hard for the wicket. This is the reason why others were working to find bullets. Now, with the arrival of the T20, there has been a change in diversity.
Muralitharan only played one series against India in 2008 after the arrival of DRS and believes that by using this technique at that time, his wicket number would have been higher.
Murali said: “ I would say if the DRS was there I would have had more wickets because then the drummers couldn’t use the pad that easily. He used to benefit from doubt.