Nathan Lyon who is in fantastic form in this series has just turned played the ball back on India’s court by saying that it actually is team India that is under immense pressure. He said this in a statement to Cricket Australia. The spinner along with his spin partner Keefe will have a big journey to travel in this series. This statement seems like a well planned out strategy of Australia to put doubts in the minds of the Indian players. India will surely walk into the Ranchi Test with the advantage on their side. This has been that sought of a series where the balance has kept oscillating like a pendulum. A riveting contest between the ball and the bat, on-field feuds nothing short of a blockbuster.
It seems Nathan Lyon wants to let everyone know the mood in the dressing room and also the fact that they are not ashamed of their DRS saga. Startling!
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 13, 2017
In that interview he said, “I think they’re feeling the pressure a little bit to be honest (based on India’s conduct in Bangalore), and it’s good.”
On expected lines in a very stereotype manner he said, “We need to just keep worrying about what we’re doing. India can carry on or do whatever they want to do.”
That is boring, mate!
He also spoke of his ambitions when he said, “I want to challenge myself against the best batters in the world and he’s one of those.”
Lyon further added, “We believe we can beat the best teams anywhere in the world. We proved that in the first Test, we came close in the second Test.”
He also talks about his little injury and assures that will not play in his mind, “Yeah it hurts a lot. I’m able to bowl cross-seam and stuff, so I can still try to spin it, but for variations and trying to get drift and drop and stuff – two go at the back of the ball – the way I bowl. It does impede it a little bit, but we’ve gone through that now and moved on from the second Test and now I’m just looking forward to Ranchi.”
The respective squads for the next two Tests:
India (for third and fourth Tests): Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandaran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade