Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon, much like Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, are two spinners of the modern era who have made significant impact in the world of cricket. Despite being Test specialists, Ashwin and Lyon have achieved legendary status with India and Australia, respectively. With over 100 Tests under their belts, both players are on the verge of reaching a monumental milestone – 500 wickets in the format. Given their track record, it is expected that they will surpass this landmark during their upcoming series against England and Pakistan.
Lyon, with 496 wickets, has the potential to reach this milestone sooner. In fact, he might achieve it in the next five days as Australia begins its first Test against Pakistan on Thursday. As Lyon prepares for what could be a historic game, he openly acknowledges the influence that Ashwin has had on his career. Both players debuted in international cricket in 2010 and their legacies have grown in parallel over the past 13 years. Lyon holds immense respect for Ashwin, considering him as one of his most influential mentors.
When you look at Ashwin,he’s a world-class bowler and I have closely followed his career from the beginning.We have competed against each other in various conditions around the world.I have nothing but respect for Ashwin and his approach to the game.I have definitely learned a lot from him,” Lyon stated in an interview with Cricket.com.au.
Lyon recognizes the valuable opportunity to learn from fellow players, and unknowingly, Ashwin has played a significant coaching role in his career. It is quite remarkable to see both players edging closer to the 500-wicket mark, and Lyon hopes they can sit down together at the end of their careers, share a meal, have a beer, and reflect on their achievements.
Returning to the playing field after a six-month injury lay-off, Lyon will lead Australia’s quest for a sixth consecutive series whitewash against Pakistan. At the age of 36, Lyon aspires to surpass the legendary Shane Warne’s record of 708 wickets. However, he is not fixated on specific numbers for his retirement or total wickets collected.
I don’t want to put a number on it.I want to play cricket for as long as possible.I haven’t won a Test series in India or England,and those are two goals I want to achieve.Despite the injury a couple of months ago,I feel a renewed passion to continue playing and improving.I have approached my calf injury rehabilitation with an unmatched determination,”Lyon emphasized.
“I am incredibly proud of the work I have done personally,in collaboration with Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales.We have made every effort to ensure that I am in prime physical and mental condition.I feel confident and content with my current state,and now it’s about going out there and delivering on the field,”added Lyon.
In conclusion, Ravichandran Ashwin’s influence on Nathan Lyon’s career has been instrumental. Lyon deeply respects Ashwin, considering him as one of his most significant mentors. As both players pursue the shared goal of reaching 500 Test wickets, Lyon expresses gratitude for the lessons he has learned from Ashwin throughout their careers. The upcoming series against England and Pakistan will provide further opportunities for Lyon and Ashwin to establish themselves as spin bowling legends in the history of cricket.