Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon was at his very best during the first Test against India at the Adelaide Test. The King of ‘over-spin’ was immaculate in his line and length and kept the Indian batsmen on tenterhooks. Prior to the series, one of the key match-ups was between India’s Cheteshwar Pujara and Nathan Lyon.
And, Lyon won the first round as he constantly troubled the dodged Indian No.3 in the first innings with the extra bounce that he generated off the surface before eventually having him caught at backward short-leg.
Pujara was Australia’s prime nemesis in the last Test edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he not only racked up 521 runs across four Tests with three hundred but he also grounded the bowlers in the dust courtesy of his patience.
Nathan Lyon, during the virtual press-conference, has revealed how meticulously Australia have prepared to counter the threat of Pujara this time around, besides adding that he and his fellow bowlers have a couple of more tricks that they will look to dish out at the Indian No.3 in the remaining Test matches.
“I can’t reveal secrets, to be honest with you. But, obviously Pujara is a world-class batter and he is going to be a big challenge for us for the rest of the series,” Nathan Lyon said at a virtual press-conference ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
“We spoke about him (Pujara) in depth before the series started, it was good to see a couple of plans come off in Adelaide, but we have got a couple more things,” he added.
The off-spinner signed off by saying that thrives on challenging himself against the best in the world and Cheteshwar Pujara certainly belongs to that category.
”So, hopefully if he does get in, we can put into ploy…it is always fun challenging yourself against the best players in the world and Pujara is definitely one of those guys,” Nathan Lyon added.
Cheteshwar Pujara registered a duck in the second innings and with Virat Kohli no longer present in the side, the Indian No.3 will not only be to looking to shrug off his second innings failure in Adelaide but also spearhead the batting line-up by posting big scores, just as he did back in 2018-19.