Australia star Nathan Lyon is going to play his 100th Test against India on Friday and he has what it takes to make history.
The 33-year-old is just 4 wickets away from the 400-wicket mark, and will become the third Aussie to achieve this sensational feat.
Born on November 20, 1987, in New South Wales, Australia, Lyon made his international debut through Tests in 2011 against Sri Lanka. The off-spinner has been impressive ever since. He made his ODI and T20I debuts in 2012 and 2016 respectively (Cricinfo).
The most impressive feat that Lyon has achieved is 197 wickets on Australian soil. Considered a graveyard for finger spinners, there’s not much help from the pitch. Lyon has cracked the code to picking wickets in such conditions.
‘Gary’ is not afraid to toss the ball up and is an expert at picking wickets attacking the edge of the bat. So far in 99 Test matches, he has managed to pick up 396 wickets at an average of 31.98 and a strike rate of 63.9. The 16 four-wicket hauls, 18 five-wicket hauls, and three ten-wicket hauls are his crown jewels (Cricinfo).
Furthermore, he became the sixth Australian to achieve the feat of crossing the 300-wicket mark in 2018 (Cricket.com.au). Lyon’s performance in the ongoing series against India has been underwhelming with just six wickets. However, the approaching milestones should give him the right boost.
Nathan Lyon has already outdone Daniel Vettori, who picked up 362 wickets in 113 Tests (Cricinfo). With at least four to five years of cricket left in him, reaching 500 wickets shouldn’t be a problem. From there you have to believe he will overtake greats like Curtly Ambrose (405 wickets), Wasim Akram (414 wickets), and Dale Steyn (439 wickets).
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