Sydney: Describing Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli as a “world-class player” who can get “quite emotional”, Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon has said that while he (Lyon) likes to play it hard on the field, he is unlikely to give Kohli the cold shoulder if he spotted him at a pub. The 29-year-old tweaker said he would be happy to chat and even buy the Indian skipper a glass of lemonade off the field. The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying,” I am the type of guy who will play hard on the field and compete very hard but I am more than happy to talk to anyone off the field.” “I am more than happy to shake his hand and say hello to him, that is for sure. There is no harm in being nice,” he added. Nathan Lyon’s ability to purchase extra bounce at Dharamsala was the difference, feels Ian Chappell
Earlier, former Australia captain Ian Chappell said Nathan Lyon‘s ability to extract “extra bounce” brought him the wickets, bringing the visitors back into the series-deciding fourth Test against India. India let go of the initial advantage before reaching 248 for six at stumps on day two, trailing Australia’s first-innings total of 300 all out by 52 runs. Off-spinner Lyon was the most impressive Australia bowler, returning figures of 4/67 in 28 overs, reported PTI.
“It’s his ability to get overspin on the ball and to get that extra bounce if you look at a couple of his wickets that were brought about by bounce, particularly Karun Nair,” Chappell told ‘ESPNcricinfo’. He added, “It was the bounce that fooled him, so I think that was the big difference between Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin and even though Ashwin is a taller bowler, because he doesn’t overspin the ball as much as Nathan Lyon, he doesn’t get that one that occasionally really bounces off the pitch.”