Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan ruled a line through Nathan Lyon ever reaching 700-800 wickets as the The Australians prepare for the series final against India in Brisbane on Friday.
Muralitharan, the biggest wicket taker with 800 scalps to his name, has revealed that Indian player Ravichandran Ashwin is the only current player he can see reaching huge feet.
Unlike Shane Warne who has won 708 test wickets in his career, the former Sri Lankan spinner believes that Lyon, 33, who currently have 396 to his name, is not “good enough” and has already played. “many matches” just to get close to 400.
“Ashwin has a chance because he’s a great bowler,” Muralitharan said UK Telegraph.
“Other than that, I don’t think a younger bowler will reach 800.
“Maybe Nathan Lyon is not good enough to reach it. He is close to 400 but he had to play a lot of matches to get there.”
As Australia and India brace themselves for tomorrow’s decision with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy up for grabs, Ashwin, 34, currently sits on 377 test wickets.
Despite Muralitharan’s opinion, Warne believes that if Lyon can get rid of the injuries, he can easily add another 250 wickets and get closer to the total of 700.
“If he doesn’t hurt himself I think he could easily continue playing for another five years,” Warne told the Herald Sun
“That’s about 50 more tests, and if he continues to take four wickets per game, then it’s another 200 – or maybe 250 if he’s five golden – test wickets.