After trailing India by 8 wickets in Adelaide, the Australians are now set for the Boxing Day Test to be held in Melbourne on 26 December. Prior to the upcoming clash, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon spoke on his comparison with Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
During a virtual press conference ahead in Melbourne, the Australian cricketer lavished praise on Ashwin, stating that the latter stands with its variations.
“Ashwin is a world-class bowler, to be honest. I have seen her a lot, especially when I went to India and the subcontinent to visit and learn from her. But he is a very clever bowler, he has got all the variations, ”Lyon said in a virtual presser ahead of the second Test.
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Lyon further expressed that both of them – he and Ashwin – are yet different bowlers. Therefore, a comparison should not be made between the two.
He said, “He is very keen on changing his pace, so he is a very talented bowler. We are similar in a way but we are also very different, so I can’t really compare myself to that. I think his records speak for themselves, so he hates Ashwin, ”said the 33-year-old off-spinner.
Earlier, Ashwin also expressed his views on comparisons with Lyon. The Indian off-spinner said that drawing similarities between two players with similar qualities can be exaggerated at times.
“I think every spinner is different. I think sometimes things can be taken out of context when comparing how one views their business in comparison with another. Even in this test, Nathan and I bowl very differently. We are both very different bowlers. Successful in our own way, ”said Ashwin.
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Ashwin has been India’s leading off-spinner, taking 370 wickets in 72 Tests. Lyon himself is close to touching the 400 Test wicket milestone. He has taken 391 wickets in 97 Tests.
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