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Aus vs Ind 2021: Ashwin capable of taking 700-800 Test wickets, Nathan Lyon not good enough – Muralitharan

Aus vs Ind 2021: Ashwin capable of taking 700-800 Test wickets, Nathan Lyon not good enough - Muralitharan

Cricket   |   January 14, 2021


Sri Lanka legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan feels Ravichandran Ashwin can reach 700-800 Test wickets whereas Nathan Lyon is not good enough.

Ashwin currently has scalped 377 wickets in 74 Test matches at an average of 25.54 whereas Nathan Lyon has snared 396 wickets in 99 Test matches at an average of 31.98.

Ashwin has a great record in the subcontinent conditions as he has bowled at the top of his game in the favourable conditions. The off-spinner has scalped 254 wickets in 43 Test matches in the home conditions at a splendid average of 22.80 whereas he has snared 123 wickets in 31 overseas Test matches at an average of 31.18.

On the other hand, Nathan Lyon has scalped 197 wickets in 51 Test matches in the Australian conditions where there isn’t much help for the spinners. Lyon has claimed 199 wickets in 48 Test matches while playing away from home at an average of 31.26.

“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,” Muttiah Muralitharan said while talking to former England captain Michael Vaughan for the Telegraph.

Since Muttiah Muralitharan’s retirement the game has changed a lot as the batsmen are more attacking in their approach due to the rise of T20 cricket.

Murali feels the current generation bowlers can savour success by just bowling a good line and length as the batsmen doesn’t have the patience whereas the bowlers of his generation had to toil hard for their wickets as there were world-class batsmen and flat pitches.

“When I played, the batsmen were technically so good and wickets were flat; now, they try to finish matches in three days. 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,” Muttiah Muralitharan asserted.

Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon will be playing his 100 Test match for Australia at Brisbane and he is also four wickets away from reaching 400 Test wickets. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin’s participation in the fourth Test looks difficult as he has a back injury.

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