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Muttiah Muralitharan Reveals The Player Who Could Take 800 Test Wickets


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|| India Correspondent ||

The world cricket has produced many quality players and Muttiah Muralitharan is undoubtedly one of the best. One of the best spinners, Muralitharan has 800 Test wickets - the feat is something which is not easy to achieve. Currently, pace bowling in ruling the world cricket and there aren't many quality off-spinners we can see in world cricket as well.

"The problem in Test cricket is that Twenty20s and one-day internationals have changed the dynamics. When I played, the batsmen were technically so good and wickets were flat; now, they try to finish matches in three days," 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," he again shared.

However, he believes veteran India campaigner Ravichandran Ashwin has the ability to reach 800 wickets in the longer format.

"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 concluded.

As far as Team India's current status is concerned, they have levelled the series in the second Test and successfully managed to draw the third one as well. The final Test will decide who will have the last laugh between India and Australia.

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