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Muttiah Muralitharan wants Ravichandran Ashwin back in shorter formats

SNS | New Delhi |

As Ravichandran Ashwin scripted history after becoming fastest to reach 300 Test wickets, legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan congratulate him and expressed his desire to see him doing wonders in ‘shorter formats’ as well.

“I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,” Muralitharan said as quoted by PTI.

Ashwin, in the backdrop of India’s emphatic innings and 239 runs victory over Sri Lanka on Monday, achieved the feat in his 54th Test match.

The 31-year-old offie from Tamil Nadu is currently out of ODI and T20I squads due to the uprising of young-guns Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel.

Muralitharan, the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests with 800 wickets, firmly believes that Ashwin will make a return in the shorter formats soon.

“He is not in the One-Day team but hopefully he will return and do wonders in the shorter formats also,” he said.

The Sri Lankan had to play 58 Test matches to reach as many wickets and after crossing the 300-mark, Ashwin might break Muralitharan’s records of being the fastest to 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 Test wickets.

“He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years old and can play for another 4-5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” Muralitharan added.

Ashwin will next be seen in Delhi when India take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Test, starting December 3.