Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg drove leading Indian test rider Ravichandran Ashwin to break Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800-wicket record. Ashwin, 34, has played 78 tests for India so far, taking 409 wickets.
Hogg said Ashwin could play in the longest format for another eight years, saying Ashwin could certainly insist on 600+ straps in his career before pointing to the possibility of reaching the remarkable figure of Muralitaran.
“Ashwin is 34 years old now. I think he will probably play to 42 in the tests. I think his wadding may fall out, but he will be more deadly with the ball as he passes. I see him pushing 600+ test gates into “At least. He could even break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record (of 800 test weekends),” Hogg told Times Now.
“The reason I think he’s so good is because he’s adaptable and his hunger continues to grow as a cricketer. He also plays cricket in the county to get used to the conditions in England and that’s why he’s become so successful, especially in the past years.”
Anil Cumble currently holds the record for most Indian wickets in a test (619 in 132 games). Overall, Ashwin is currently the fourth largest wicket holder in India, behind Campbell, former Indian captain Kapil Dev (434 piggy banks) and Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).
Calling Ashwin “the best spinner in the world right now,” Hogg said he was like a “cricket” chess player.
“He’s definitely the best off-spinner in the world right now, but we can’t call him the greatest off-spinner of all time because of changing rules and conditions. Ashwin doesn’t like to be beaten when he’s competing. a person you want to play against because you know you will be tested and you can test him too.
“I think he is a very good chess player off the cricket field. I have respect for Ashwin, especially since he showed the courage to play in difficult conditions in Australia on the last tour. It is a privilege to play against him and he was brilliant,” Hogg said.