Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, whose 8/50 destroyed India on Saturday, has re-purposed Dale Steyn’s famous quote and called Virat Kohli “the head of the snake”.
India’s captain Kohli was out lbw for 12 not offering a shot to Lyon in the first innings at Pune (he even reviewed the decision) as the hosts collapsed for 189, this after having scored 105 and 107 in Pune.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn had last year, in a pre-series potshot at Aussie captain Steven Smith, said, “If you can cut off the head of the snake, the rest of the body tends to fall”.
After wrecking India with his career-best figures, Lyon called Kohli as much and said he was pleased at claiming this key wicket.
“Everybody wants to compete against the best and he (Kohli) is one of the best players in the world. He is obviously the head of the snake if you want to put it in Dale Steyn’s terms. So it’s quite pleasing to take Kohli’s wicket.
“To take his (Kohli’s) wicket was exceptional but we know this series is a massive one and it’s a long series. We expect him to bounce back. I think it was his mistake in the first game and it was the same today. That ball was nothing special,” Lyon added