Muttiah Muralitharan believes R Ashwin could reach 800 Test Wickets

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Test cricket is considered as one of the best formats in the game and Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the best spinners in world cricket. He has 800 Test wickets in his name and in today’s time, there aren’t many decent off-spinners as the game is ruled by pace bowling. However, the veteran believes only R Ashwin could take 800 Test wickets.

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He also added that T20s and ODIs have changed the dynamics. Earlier the wickets used to be flat and the batsmen were technically brilliant. But nowadays they try to finish matches as early as possible.

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He said to The Sydney Morning Herald, The bowlers in my day had to do extra work to get spin and do something magic to get results. Nowadays, if you bowl line and length over a period of time, you will get five wickets. It is guaranteed because batsmen cannot stay for long without attacking.

“You have a better chance of taking wickets, which is why spinners only have to set the field properly, bowl line and length and let the pitches and batsmen do the rest. Spinners used to have to work hard for wickets, which is why they worked hard on developing other deliveries.

“Now they do that in T20 cricket instead. They bowl different variations because batsmen are coming after them. But in Test cricket, you don’t need to do it.”

Howveer, when he was asked about which player can reach the 800-wicket mark, he didn’t take much time to reply. He believes apart from Ashwin there’s hardly anyone who could reach there.

“Ashwin [who has 377 Test wickets] has a chance because he is a great bowler. Other than that, I don’t think any younger bowler coming in will go to 800. Maybe Nathan Lyon is not good enough to reach it. He is close to 400 [396] but he has had to play many, many matches to get there,” he again shared.

On the other hand, Team India successfully managed to draw the third test against Australia. With the levelled series by 1-1, it will be interesting to see who will win the decider one, starting from January 15 in Brisbane.

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