Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has heaped praise on India’s legendary off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, backing him to break Muralitharan’s record of 800 Test wickets. To support this, Hogg has said that Ashwin can play cricket for another eight years and thus, he can break the 800-wicket record.
Ashwin, currently 34, became the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 400-wicket mark in the longest format of the sport and his tally includes more than 200 wickets of left-handed batsmen, thus proving the threat he possess for southpaws batsmen. Hogg, while speaking to Times Now News, revealed that Ashwin is a selfless and competitive cricketer.
“Ashwin is 34 now. I think he will probably play till 42 in Tests. I think his batting might drop off but he’ll be more lethal with the ball by the time passing by. I can see him pushing 600+ Test wickets at least,” Hogg said.
‘Playing county cricket has helped him become so successful’
“He (Ashwin) might even break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record (of 800 Test wickets) as well. The reason why I think he’s so good because he is adaptable and his hunger of continuing to grow up as a cricketer. He also played county cricket to get used to England conditions and that’s how he has become so successful especially in recent years,” he added.
The off-spinner’s next assignment is the inauagural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in Southampton and Ashwin will play the role of lead spinner with Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin is just three wickets away from becoming the leading wicket-taker in World Test Championship.
“He (Ashwin) is definitely the best off-spinner in the world right now but we can’t call him the greatest off-spinner of all time due to the change of rules and conditions. Ashwin doesn’t like to be beaten whenever he’s in a contest. He is someone you want to play against because you know that you’re going to be tested and you can test him as well. I think he’s a very good chess player out of the cricket field. I have respect for Ashwin especially after he showed the courage of playing in tough conditions in Australia in the last tour. It’s a privilege to play against him and he’s been brilliant,” he concluded.
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