Australia will have plans for world-class Rohit Sharma, says Nathan Lyon


Australia will have plans for the returning Rohit Sharma, seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon said Monday, who described the reckless India opener as one of the best players in world cricket. After missing the tour’s limited overs stage and the Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne due to an injury, Rohit has joined a happy Indian team for the last two matches and Lyon is aware of the threat the batsman could pose with its wide range of strokes. . “It is clear that Rohit Sharma is one of the best players in the world, so it will be a big challenge for us bowlers, but we are going to show our way, we love to challenge ourselves,” said Lyon in a statement. virtual press conference.

“He (Rohit) is a big input for the Indian side, so it will be interesting to see who they leave out.

“But we will have our plans ready for Rohit, and hopefully we can get the hang of him nice and early, but with respect for how good a cricketer Rohit is,” added Lyon, who is about to take his 100th Test. play.

Rohit has been named vice-captain of India for the remaining two tests after missing the first two while recovering from an injury sustained during the IPL.

Lyon said one of the strengths of Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane is that he doesn’t indulge in sledging or conversations with opposition bowlers while sitting in the middle.

“He (Rahane) is clearly a world-class hitter, clearly helping with everything. I think the patience he shows at the crease doesn’t seem like much to him (frustrated),” said Lyon.

“He (Rahane) doesn’t buy sleds or any conservation in the middle, he’s pretty calm and collective hitter (of the) opposition, so it’s few different things he offers.

“… But he is clearly the leader of India at the moment as Virat (Kohli) is not here, so he is standing up right now and I know we will have our plans ready to hopefully fight him during the SCG- test, ”he added.

Lyon also had words of praise for his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin, saying the Indian off-spinner has thrown quite a bit of court on the Australian batsman and they had no answer.

“Yes, Ashwin bowls really well. He’s a world class spinner and I’ve said that all my career. He’s thrown a pretty straight line to our hitters, who they hadn’t come up with with a plan yet,” said Lyon.

“I think they will come up with one of them and work against Ashwin’s plan in Sydney,” added Lyon, which has 394 wickets from 94 Tests.

“But he (Ashwin) is a world class bowler and what you expect, he has quite a record all over the world, so hats off to him.”

Lyon also stated that he has come up with “a few different plans” for Rahane, who won a stubborn race and won 112 in the Melbourne Test.

“I think (Ajinkya) Rahane played me extremely well in Melbourne, so I know I’m going to come up with some different plans for him and a few other guys, so I’m looking forward to putting them in place,” Lyon said.

“But to be fair, we’ve been pretty accurate with our bowling, as a team to take 20 wickets quite quickly in Adelaide, but then a little bit challenged in Melbourne.

“But to stay there and keep creating opportunities, that was positive. So we have a lot of confidence as a bowling group and I personally know that I have to make some other plans.”


According to 33-year-old Lyon, Indian batters have always tried to attack him. “I think they (Indian batsmen) have played me pretty right. Every series I run into India they try to be quite offensive,” he said.

Currently, the series stands at 1-1, with Australia winning the Pink-Ball opener in Adelaide and India triumphantly in Melbourne. The third test will be played in Sydney from 7 January.

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