India had a rare slump in their backyard in the third Test of the series as Australia ran riot, courtesy of Nathan Lyon who managed to conjure impeccable numbers, bagging 8 wickets in the second innings. Cheteshwar Pujara fought valiantly but the efforts fell short after what felt like an eternity of torment being inflicted upon the Indians.
The captain was not happy with how things went, particularly in the manner in which the Indian batters threw their wickets against Lyon, despite the latter being in imperious touch. Rohit was in awe of how the Dragon Slayer pulled things back after what seemed like a mortifying start for Australia to the series.
Coming hard and also with a fine acknowledgement of what Nathan Lyon managed to pull off in the second innings, Rohit Sharma opened up at length in the post-match conference. He said, “He should be at the top in my opinion. Obviously I haven’t played guys like Murali or Shane Warne. But among the current crop, he would probably be the No.1 overseas bowler to come and play in India.”
He further continued, “He has got so much consistency in his line and length. When you have someone with that amount of accuracy, you need to try and do something different in terms of scoring runs because you know he will not give you anything easy. This is probably his third tour to India. I wasn’t part of team during his first tour but I watched the game. He is a very experienced bowler and is not afraid of getting hit. That gives the captain a lot of confidence because he knows he has a guy who that he is going to pitch it there and let the pitch do the remaining.”