Nathan Lyon was Australia’s hero in their stunning nine-wicket win against India in Indore in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Lyon claimed 11 wickets in the match as Australia did not just pull one back in the contest but also reached the World Test Championship final. After the Test, where Lyon was given the Player of the Match award, India captain Rohit Sharma was impressed with the Australia star.
Lyon picked up three wickets in the first innings as Australia bundled India for just 109 runs on Day 1. In the second innings, he scalped a record eight-wicket haul as the tourists set themselves a target of just 76 runs. His tally of 11 wickets made him the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Border-Gavaskar trophy as well.
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“He should be at the top in my opinion. Obviously I haven’t played guys like Murali or Shane Warne. But among the current crop, he would probably be the No.1 overseas bowler to come and play in India,” Rohit said in the post-match presser.
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“He has got so much consistency in his line and length. When you have someone with that amount of accuracy, you need to try and do something different in terms of scoring runs because you know he will not give you anything easy. This is probably his third tour to India. I wasn’t part of team during his first tour but I watched the game. He is a very experienced bowler and is not afraid of getting hit. That gives the captain a lot of confidence because he knows he has a guy who that he is going to pitch it there and let the pitch do the remaining,” Rohit Sharma further explained.