The legendary spinner Muralitharan only sees the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to scalp 700-800 wickets by the time he retires. He believes that Ashwin is much better than Australia's spin king Nathan Lyon. There are a lot of discussions going on about who is a better off-spinner, especially with the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Both the spinners are providing a riveting battle.
Ashwin has so far scalped 377 wickets in 74 Tests at an average of 25.53. Nathan Lyon has picked up 396 wickets in 99 Tests. He is just four wickets away to achieve a new milestone of 400 wickets. The Australian will be featuring in his 100th Test match in the upcoming match of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series.
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Muttiah Muralitharan prefers Ashwin over Lyon. He believes Ashwin is more talented player. If Lyon has to pick up 700-800 wickets, he will have to play a lot of Test matches. It is going to be a tough challenge considering the Australian bowler is 33 years old.
The 48-year-old strongly opines that the bowlers today do not need to put in a lot of effort to claim wickets in Test cricket. He also believes that this is because of the evolution of white-ball cricket. Veteran spinner also reckons that the present-day batsmen do not have patience. Because of this, they cannot endure challenging periods at the crease and bat for long hours.
Muttiah Muralitharan leads the chart in the list of leading wicket-takers in Test cricket with 800 wickets. He is followed by Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Both the legendary spinners have picked up 708 and 619 wickets respectively.
In the ongoing Border Gavaskar series, Ravi Ashwin has picked up 12 wickets whereas Nathan Lyon has claimed six so far. India and Australia will play against each other in the fourth and final Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, beginning January 15. The third Test between both the teams had ended as a draw.