Nathan Lyon, Australian off-spinner, says India is on pressure after their victory in Bangalore match. The India vs Australia four-Test series is currently locked at 1-1 after this match.
Nathan Lyon says that the pressure is on India after the Australian teams victory in the second Test in Bengaluru. India suffered a defeat against Australia in Pune Match by 333 runs where India lost the match by 75 runs. And this helped them to level the four-match Test series. The third game is said to be held on March 16 in Ranchi. The Australian off-spinner, complimented his team for their strategic game play execution in the last two games. “There’s a lot of belief. There’s a lot of people who wrote us off, before we even got on a plane and landed in Dubai, let alone coming over here,” Lyon said.
Sydney Morning Herald, quoted the cricketer saying, “We’re one win away from retaining the trophy and that’s what we are here to do.
He says that Indian team will have the pressure to perform and on the other side his team has less pressure on them. Moreover he reminded that everyone said that their team is going to lose 4-0, as they’re a young cricket team learning, but it went the other way round and they have the true potential to beat the best teams anywhere in the world.
“We proved that in the first Test, we came close in the second Test and even that hurt – that’s probably the best thing about that game, Nathan said.
“I think they’re feeling the pressure a little bit to be honest. And it’s good.” Nathan said.
On Monday, the Australians left Bengaluru to play in Ranchi, The Australian off-spinner, who stunned India with his off spinning’s in the first innings of the second Test in Bengaluru, described about the technique of reverse swing and how it helps in gaining control in the game.
“With our air speed and ability to get the ball reversing, and the earlier we can do that the better off it is,” Lyon said.
Lyon’s right index finger got injured during the second Test but he says that he will play in Ranchi match and he said that the last time he was in India i.e. in 2013 he had faced the same problem in the third Test and he could manage playing only after three days. So he feels this time also his finger ailment (split callus) will be healed soon which will allow him to play with full energy. Although his ailment didn’t allow him for an aggressive fitness work but he will recoup his fitness with other variations.
He said that he has bowled a lot of balls over the summer and it usually happens once or twice a year. It just split. It was pretty painful there for a bit.
“And you can’t bowl on (adhesive) tape — there are rules and laws out there that you can’t bowl on tape so I wasn’t even considering that,” he was quoted as saying in the Cricket Australia website.
“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 — to go at the back of the ball — the way I bowl, it (the finger injury) does impede it a little bit.”
Lyon says he has made a study on Indian wicket-taker, Ravichandran Ashwin who is playing in the current series on how he bowls on the dry and spinning wickets.