Ravichandran Ashwin has 377 wickets in 74 test matches.© TBEN
Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes Ravichandran Ashwin can take 800 wickets in the game’s longest format, but Nathan Lyon is not good enough to pull off the feat. Currently, Lyon has 396 wickets in the cricket test while Ashwin has 377. Ashwin has taken his wickets to an average of 25.33 while Lyon does so at an average of 31.98. “Ashwin has a chance because he’s a great bowler. Other than that, I don’t think a younger incoming bowler will go to 800. Maybe Nathan Lyon isn’t good enough to reach it. He’s close to 400 but he did it. Had to play a lot of games to get there, ”Muralitharan told Michael Vaughan for UK Telegraph, as reported by Fox Sports.
Off-spinner Lyon will take part in its 100th Test on Friday. Speaking of Lyon, Australian skipper Tim Paine said: “Lyon played well, I thought that in Adelaide, he created a lot of chances but they did not go hand in hand. Nathan Lyon played 100 matches of try, and it’s not easy. “
“He will play his 100th Test tomorrow and it would be a great success. The ball comes out of his hand beautifully, the Indians played it very well,” he added.
In the ongoing series between India and Australia, Ashwin has taken 12 wickets while Lyon have six.
India and Australia will now see the horns in the fourth and final test at Gabba, Brisbane, from January 15. The third test between these two teams ended in a draw.
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