Former England spinner Monty Panesar has lauded India’s Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best tweakers in the world and said that the Tamil Nadu native should target 600-700 wickets in Test matches.
Ravichandran Ashwin, 34, has been one of the best bowlers in the recent past for India, especially on the recent tour to Australia and in the ongoing England Test series. Not only with the ball, but also with the bat, Ashwin has been in top form for India and it seems England’s former spinner Monty Panesar feels that he can even try to break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of 800 Test wickets.
I Think He (Ravichandran Ashwin) Can Get Up To 600 Test Wickets Or Might Get To 800: Monty Panesar
Ravi Ashwin has been a total revelation for India having picked 11 wickets against Australia in Australia. He even battled hard with the bat in the Sydney Test draw, despite getting hit on the body, but ensured that India drew the Test match and stayed alive in the series as well.
In the ongoing four-match Test series against England, Ashwin has been on a roll with the ball, picking 24 wickets in three Tests thus far, including fifers in the first two Test matches. He also scored a top-notch century in the second Test in Chennai as well, helping India win the match and draw level in the series.
In the third Test, the D/N match, Ashwin played a perfect supporting role to Axar Patel by picking 7 wickets, who routed England by taking 11 wickets in the match.
Meanwhile, Monty Panesar was all praises for Ashwin and praised his longevity. He said that if the off-spinner plays 50 more Tests, he can end up with 700 wickets in the format.
“It’s entirely up to him (Ashwin). Does he want to prolong his Test career or does he want to play the ODIs? I think he can get up to 600 Test wickets or might get to 800 – which is really difficult to achieve. But I think between 600-700 is a good target for him. He has only played 77 Test matches and he can easily play another 50. So, he has got a lot of cricket left in him. Ashwin is a very smart bowler. I think he is the science of spin. The way he sends people back to the pavilion, it’s actually wonderful to watch.” said Panesar.
Ashwin will be seen in India playing XI when they take on England in the all-important fourth Test match in Ahmedabad on March 4.