Modern-day shining techniques ????
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2021
Catch all the LIVE updates of the match here
Only Ashwin has a chance to reach 800 wickets; Lyon not good enough: Murali
Sri Lanka's legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has opined that he only sees Ravichandran Ashwin as the potential candidate to take 800 wickets. Moreover, Murali also said that Ashwin's counterpart Nathan Lyon is not good enough to reach the milestone.
Murali is the only bowler in the world to reach the 800-wicket landmark in the longest format of the sport. He is followed by Australia's legend Shane Warne, who has taken 708 wickets and India's great Anil Kumble, who has bagged 619 wickets. Read more – Gavaskar is entitled to his opinion, doesn't affect us a bit: Tim Paine
"Ashwin 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," Murali said in a Michael Vaughan column for Telegraph.
In Test cricket, Ashwin has played 74 Tests and has taken 377 wickets at an average of 25.53. His counterpart, Nathan Lyon, will be playing his 100th Test tomorrow, January 15, and is four short of the 400-wicket landmark. To read full article, click here
R Ashwin reveals what inspired him to help India draw Sydney Test
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the motivation behind his gritty knock of 39(128) that helped India save the third Test in Sydney to stand a chance in the series. R Ashwin was involved in an act of defiance along with Hanuma Vihari. Both Ashwin and Vihari were battling injuries, but still, they decided to stay on the crease and save the match for their country. Read more – Tim Paine will continue to lead Australia in the coming years: Justin Langer rallies behind the Australian skipper
Ashwin said the Test match between Australia and South Africa in 2012, in which Faf du Plessis batted for 376 balls to save the Test in Adelaide, gave him the inspiration to bat throughout the day. "I just kept telling myself if I can keep dead-batting everything like Faf du Plessis did in Adelaide in 2012, I can give myself a good chance," Ashwin said in an interview to BCCI.tv.
"Like Ravi bhai (Ravi Shastri) would say, the penny hasn't dropped. So, we can't really say how we feel. Entirely, I can't explain how I am feeling but it was really, really special. I think both of us went numb and blank for a while. In fact, we didn't celebrate it at the end because we didn't know what to make of it, because we were so channelised on facing a particular bowler and keep dropping and keep dropping and dead-batting it," Ashwin added. To read full article, click here