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Top 5 right-arm off spinners with 200+ Test wickets

Kaushal Raj
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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke into the 200 Test barrier when he trapped Kiwi skipper Ravichandran Ashwin right in front during the 1st Test at Kan

Australian Nathan Lyon became just the 5th right-arm off spinner to enter the 200 wicket club in Test cricket when he dismissed Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva for 36 during the 3rd day of the ongoing Test between Sri Lanka and Australia

Over the years, there have been a number of off spinners who have added an extra dimension to their squads with their ability to take wickets at crucial junctures. From the most successful spinner in history Muttiah Muralitharan to the latest entrant to the 200 club, we take a look at 5 right-arm off spinners who have achieved the feat:

5) Nathan Lyon (Australia) Wickets – 211

Nathan Lyon
A familiar sight: Nathan Lyon wheels away in celebration

Nathan Lyon’s story is one that needs to be told. In 2010, he had taken up a job as part of the ground staff at the Adelaide Oval. Fast forward one year, and after an impressive spell in first-class cricket, he was drafted into the Test setup of the Australian team. It bode well for the spinner that the Australians were still looking to truly replace Shane Warne, who had left a gaping hole for them to fill.

The man from New South Wales predominantly relies on flighting the ball and tempting the batsman into a mistake. He overtook Hugh Trumble’s tally of 141 Test wickets and has grown from there. At only 28, he has a number of years left in his career and can easily rise higher up in this list. His most impressive outing was against India in Adelaide in 2014, where a virtuoso display helped his side record a 48 run victory.


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