Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan has ruled a line through Nathan Lyon ever reaching 700-800 Test wickets as the Aussies prepare for the series finale against India in Brisbane on Friday.
Muralitharan, the greatest wicket-taker with 800 scalps to his name, revealed Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the only current player he can see achieving the enormous feet.
Unlike Shane Warne who claimed 708 Test wickets in his career, the former Sri Lankan spinner believes 33-year-old Lyon, who currently has 396 to his name, isn’t “good enough” and has already played “many matches” just to get close to 400.
“Ashwin has a chance because he is a great bowler,” Muralitharan told UK Telegraph.
“Other than that, I don’t think any younger bowler coming in will go to 800.
“Maybe Nathan Lyon is not good enough to reach it. He is close to 400 but he has had to play many, many matches to get there.”
As Australia and India get set for tomorrow’s decider with the Border-Gavaskar trophy up for grabs, Ashwin, 34, currently sits on 377 Test wickets.
Despite Muralitharan’s opinion, Warne believes if Lyon can get injury-free, he can easily add another 250 wickets and get close to the 700 total.
“If he keeps himself injury-free, I think he could easily go on and play for another five years,” Warne told the Herald Sun
“That’s approximately another 50 Tests, and if he continues to take four wickets per game, then that is another 200 – or maybe 250 if he has a golden five years – Test wickets.