Hope Ravichandran Ashwin Takes 1000 Test Wickets’-Shane Warne
CRICDOT DESK : Former Australia great Shane Warne said he hopes Ravi Ashwin goes past his own record of 708 Test wickets! The India spinner is just four wickets away from Kapil Dev`s scalp of 434 Test wickets. Former India captain Anil Kumble leads the chart for India with 619 wickets to his name. With Ashwin getting into his peak years, Warne believes that the 35yearold will even beat him and will go past the highest Test wicket tally of 800 set by Sri Lanka`s Muttiah Muralitharan. He said he hopes Ashwin gets to 1000 Test wickets.
Warne said that his compatriot Nathan Lyon can also make it there; he is currently at 415 Test wickets. “I hope both Ashwin and Lyon do (break Warne and Muralitharan`s record), because the more we see quality spin bowlers bowling, it makes for more interesting cricket. I think when you watch a pace bowler bowl real fast and a batter trying to take them on and then you see a really good spinner and that battle between him and a spinner. And you see that battle evolve. If you can see those two things in Test cricket, I think it becomes more entertaining. So if we can have that, then I hope Ashwin takes 1000 Test wickets, Lyon takes 1000 Test wickets. It would be great,” Warne told Hindustan Times.
Ashwin gets better and better. You will visit the country and see how it performs abroad, and then you will have a record both at home and abroad. This will give you an idea of how far you’ve come as a player. I am a big fan of Ashwin, his bowling style. I think he’s always trying to develop and explore different supplies,” he added. With two great bowling alleys, Ashwin and Jadeja, it’s very difficult to join the team. Kuldip, like Chahal, rotates his wrist beautifully. But with Ashwin and Jadeja it’s hard to get into the team. So I don’t think they fell or anything like that, or any form of fall. I think the other two are doing really well,” Warne explained.