In the ongoing second Test match between Australia and India at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Nathan Lyon became the third bowler overall and first Australian to record 100 wickets against India. In his 24th Test match against India, Lyon accomplished the feat by taking the wicket of KS Bharat in the second innings to clinch his five-wicket haul.
Only former Indian spinner Anil Kumble and Ravichandran Ashwin have more or an equal number of wickets in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Lyon. With 111 wickets in 20 games, Kumble leads the series all-time in wickets taken, while Ashwin is just behind him with 100 in the same number of games.
Lyon took eight wickets during the second Test, including five.The most by any bowler against the Indian side in Tests was against them. Muttiah Muralitharan, who had amassed seven five-wicket hauls against India, was overtaken by him. Together with former Australian captain Richie Benaud, Lyon has taken five five-wicket hauls in India, which is the joint-highest total.
In terms of the number of five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, Lyon is fourth among Australian bowlers, trailing only Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, and Dennis Lillee. Lyon is Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 22 five-wicket hauls to his credit. After Warne and McGrath, Lyon has taken 13 five-wicket hauls in away Tests, which is the third-most by an Australian bowler.
Lyon ranks second among current spinners in terms of the number of five-wicket hauls inRavichandran Ashwin of India is second in Test cricket. Ashwin has 31 five-wicket hauls in Test matches compared to Lyon’s 22. Third on the list with 19 five-wicket hauls in the format is Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan.
Lyon’s success is evidence of his dependability and potency against the Indian side, which has always been regarded as being adept at spin bowling. Lyon has solidified his spot among the all-time greats of Australian cricket with his outstanding record against India.
It would be intriguing to watch if Lyon can break Kumble’s record of 111 wickets and become the series’ top wicket-taker as he continues to add to his total of Border-Gavaskar Trophy dismissals.