Muttiah Muralitharan
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Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar has said that the premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can challenge Muttiah Muralitharan’s record in Test cricket if remains fit for an extended period of time.

Legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket with 800 wickets in his bag and among the current bowlers England pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and Indian spinner Ashwin are closest to his record.

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Sanjay Bangar
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Ashwin who is the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket among Indians is currently ranked 12th in the list of highest wicket-takers with 427 Test wickets under his belt.

Talking about Ashwin on Star Sports Bangar highlighted that legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has himself said that Ashwin can reach the 800 wickets tally.

He can challenge Muralitharan’s record if he remains fit for a long time because Muttiah Muralitharan has himself said that if someone can break his record, it is Ravichandran Ashwin.”

I Feel The Indications Are Good That He Might Cross That Milestone As Well – Sanjay Bangar On Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
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Former cricketer Bangar added that Ashwin bowls long spells for the team and said indications are good that he might cross the 800 wickets milestone in Tests.

“The way he bowls and bowls the long spells and we have seen of late that it is his second wing because he has made a comeback in T20 cricket as well. He has concentrated more on his off-spin while playing Test cricket. So, I feel the indications are good that he might cross that milestone as well,” he said.

Ravichandran Ashwin
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Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin despite missing a few overseas games is having a great run in cricket as he has become the first bowler in 2021 to pick 50 wickets and he went past Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in taking 50 wickets in a calendar year for the most number of times.

Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin now has 50+ wickets 4 times in different years and Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh picked 50+ wickets in three different years each.

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