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WATCH | Credit to Lyon, Nobody Expected Him to be Top Wicket-taker After First Two Tests: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | December 25, 2018, 6:34 PM IST

Speaking to Network 18 Group Editor Sports Gaurav Kalra, former Indian captain and coach Anil Kumble praised Nathan Lyon for his abilities as a spinner, and said that he has outshined all the other Australian bowlers in the series so far.

GK:Now as one of the leading lights of the club, perhaps amongst the most eminent members of the spin bowler's club, what is your assessment of Nathan Lyon?

He is a fantastic spinner. He puts a lot of revolution on the ball, the ball dips. His line is impeccable to the right-handers he has the advantage of a Mitchell Starc bowling over the stumps, and then creating some sort of a rough, not necessarily he gets a lot of wickets from the rough. But that certainly puts a doubt in batsmen's mind, to play that ball or go for it. And he has been brilliant and from there he has the ability to take the ball on straight on and the ability to spin it from there. And the advantage Lyon has over the Indian batsman is because the openers are having a great start. The batsman and the middle order is always under pressure whenever he comes onto bowl. It is a bit different that's why I am a bit disappointed that Murali Vijay wasn’t able to convert that twenty and get onto a big score. He has the ability to take the spinners on, he is a good player. And he is an old-fashioned opening batsman who gets through the tougher part of the new ball and then goes after the spinners which he wasn’t able to. And that was the reason he was able to settle into a good line, good rhythm, because the Indian batsman were not able to take the Nathan Lyon on but high quality he has been consistently performing and everybody felt it would be Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood who would be the top wicket takers. But after the first two Tests, it is Nathan Lyon. It wasn't expected but credit to Nathan Lyon.

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