Veteran Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has picked two Indian cricketers among the best players whom he has played against in his career ahead of the second Test against Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3, Wednesday.
Lyon made his comeback to competitive cricket in the first Test against Pakistan following injury layoff. During the second innings of the Perth Test, the 36-year-old achieved the feat of 500 wickets in Test Cricket, becoming the third Australian after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to do so.
In a viral video, Nathan Lyon was asked to pick the best players whom he has played against in his career. The Australian spinner named two Indian players and one South Africa as his top three players.
"That's a very hard question. I've played against some of the greats of the game. I'll give you top three will be Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and AB de Villiers"
Among the three players, Nathan Lyon has faced Virat Kohli the most in his international career. Australian spinner conceded 629 runs and picked seven wickets against former India captain in 32 innings across the formats.
Kohli defeat Messi to win Pubity Athlete Of The Year 2023 Award
Virat Kohli grabbed the headlines on Sunday after he defeated Argentine football star Lionel Messi to win Pubity Athlete Of The Year 2023.
Kohli won the award with 78% of votes compared to Messi's 22% of votes in the final poll. Former India captain was in contention not just with Messi but also Lebron James, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Max Verstappen and others.
Team India's talismanic batter had quite a year in 2023 as he redeemed himself in Tests and ODIs. He was the second-highest run-getter last year, aggregating 2048 runs at an average of 66.06 in 35 matches.
In IPL 2023, Kohli was the fourth-top run-scorer with 639 runs at an average of 53.25 in 14 matches. Also, he completed 7000 IPL runs, becoming the first batter in the tournament to do so. However, former RCB captain had yet another season without an IPL trophy.
Virat Kohli is currently part of India squad for ongoing Test series against South Africa.