In the decisive nine-wicket victory over India in Indore during the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, Nathan Lyon was Australia’s standout performer. When Australia not only pulled one back in the match but also guaranteed their spot in the World Test Championship final, Lyon took 11 wickets in the game. Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, lavished admiration on Australia’s star after the Test, during which Lyon received the Player of the Match award.
On Day 1, Australia defeated India for just 109 runs thanks to three wickets from Lyon in the first innings. He recorded an eight-wicket haul in the second inning, which was when the tourists had set themselves a goal of just 76 runs. With 11 wickets, he tied India icon Anil Kumble for the most wickets ever in the history of the Border-Gavaskar tournament.
Rohit stated in the press conference following the game that Lyon ought to be first. Certainly, he hasn’t played with players like Shane Warne or Murali. But among the current crop, Lyon would most likely be the top foreign bowler to visit and play in India.