Nathan Lyon’s Picks: Toughest Batters Faced In Illustrious Career, Featuring Virat Kohli
By CricShots - Jan 2, 2024 3:13 pm
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Renowned Australian spinner Nathan Lyon, currently part of the Test squad for the ongoing series against Pakistan, has revealed the top three batters he considers the most challenging in his illustrious career. As Australia leads the series 2-0, heading into the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 3, Lyon shared insights into facing some of the cricketing greats.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon

Lyon, who achieved the remarkable milestone of 500 Test wickets during the opening Test against Pakistan in Perth, named Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and AB de Villiers as the three best players he has played against.

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Reflecting on the difficulties of bowling against them, Lyon admitted, “The secret to getting them out, something that I struggle to do, would be trying to challenge their defense for a long period of time.”


In a video statement, the veteran spinner discussed his pride in reaching the 500-wicket milestone, achieved in his 123rd Test match. Lyon expressed, “It’s something I’m very proud about, I don’t think it’s hit me yet. There’s obviously been a lot of hard work gone into the journey, and I’ve had a lot more bad days than good days, but to be back out there in the middle … it’s pretty special.”

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The 36-year-old went on to share his joy in joining the elite list of spin legends, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. “I still pinch myself when I see my name next to those guys,” he added, underscoring the significance of his accomplishment.

As Australia aims for a clean sweep against Pakistan in the upcoming Test, Nathan Lyon’s reflections on his career milestones and the challenges posed by cricketing legends provide fans with a deeper understanding of the mental and physical fortitude required to excel at the highest level of the sport.