Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Image: Cricket Australia

Nathan Lyon moved into the top ten of all-time Test wicket-takers with his 436th wicket on Day 3 of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Lyon passed iconic India pace bowler Kapil Dev’s count of 434 wickets in the first session when he dismissed Ramesh Mendis as Sri Lanka suffered a crushing defeat.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Credits: Twitter

In Test cricket, Nathan Lyon seems to have been a pillar for Australia, especially at home where the off-spinner has been effortlessly disposing of the opposition.

LEADING WICKET-TAKERS OF TESTS:
Muttiah Muralitharan – 800 in 133 Tests
Shane Warne – 708 in 145 Tests
James Anderson – 651 in 171 Tests
Anil Kumble – 619 in 132 Tests
Glenn McGrath – 563 in 124 Tests
Stuart Broad – 549 in 155 Tests
Courtney Walsh – 519 in 132 Tests
R Ashwin – 442 in 86 Tests
Dale Steyn – 439 in 93 Tests
Nathan Lyon- 436 in 109 Tests

Nathan Lyon surpasses Kapil Dev:

On Friday, Nathan Lyon passed India’s legendary Kapil Dev to move up to the tenth rank on the list of Test matches’ top wicket-takers.

When questioned about the records, he stated, “The top end of the wicket-takers list – there are some amazing names there.” Overtaking a few guys and joining a few guys on whatever number that may be is something I am very proud of, there is no doubt about it.”

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It is always been about what I can do to help the Australian team.” I am proud of my numbers, but I will dig deeper into them at the end of my career. But that is a long way off.”

Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the first Test in Galle on Friday, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 113 in their second innings after surrendering a 109-run lead, with Nathan Lyon (4-31) wrecking their top order and part-timer Travis Head (4-10) finishing off the tail.

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