Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has named two bowlers who can cross 1000 wickets in Test cricket. Muttiah Muralitharan and Warner are two bowlers who sit at the top of most of the bowlers with most wickets in Test cricket. Muralitharan picked 800 wickets while Warne finished his career with 709 wickets.
Recently, James Anderson became the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. He has taken 640 wickets in 169 Test matches at an average of 26.58. Anderson is at the twilight of his career and might not be able to surpass Warne or Muralitharan. Two bowlers who are in the top 15 are Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon.
During an interaction with Hindustan Times, Warne mentioned that he hopes that both Ashwin and Lyon gets to break his and Muralitharan’s record. He further hopes that they both take 1000 wickets in Test cricket.
“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. That would be fantastic,” Warne said as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Ashwin is getting better and better: Shane Warne
Warne further added that he is a big fan of Ashwin and mentioned that he tries to develop and explore different deliveries. He has mentioned that Ashwin has grown leap and bounds in terms of his records in overseas conditions.
“Ashwin is getting better and better. He has been fantastic. A true test of any cricketer is how they go away from home. Over a long period of time when you go to different countries and see how you perform overseas and then you end up having a record – both home and overseas, it gives you an idea as to how far you’ve come as a player. I am a big fan of Ashwin, the way he bowls. I think he is always trying to develop and explore different deliveries,” Warne mentioned.