Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg feels countryman Nathan Lyon has taken over from India’s spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the best off-spinner in the world. The former Australian chinaman Hogg said that he loves the way both cricketers look at improving their game all the time. Also Read - IPL 2020: Ravichandran Ashwin Terms Purple And Orange Cap an 'Eyewash', Says Contribution Towards Team's Victory
Hogg named Lyon as the better off-spinner in Tests when a fan asked him to choose between Lyon and Ashwin during a Q&A session on Twitter. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: Shreyas Iyer Lauds Bowlers Effort After Delhi Capitals Beat Rajasthan Royals by 46 Runs in Sharjah
“I feel Lyon has taken the mantle from Ashwin over the last year just as the best off spinner, but I love the way both continue to improve there games and not be complacent where they are at,” he replied. Also Read - IPL Match Report: Marcus Stoinis' All-round Show Powers Delhi Capitals to 46-run Win Over Rajasthan Royals, Claim Top Spot in Points Table
Not long back, the 49-year-old Chinaman picked his top three favourite batsmen in the IPL during the powerplay overs. What’s more interesting among Hogg’s pick is that none of the likes of Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli managed to find a place in his list.
Probably Hogg drew his conclusion from the fact that Ashwin hasn’t had great overseas success as compared to Lyon, who has got wickets in all conditions.
Ashwin has so far taken 365 wickets from 71 Tests while Lyon has 390 wickets from 96 Tests.
Meanwhile, ICC has put all cricketing action on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In India, the number of coronavirus positive cases has gone past the 7000-mark.