After the Bengaluru post-match tirade, the 29-year-old Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has revealed India is feeling the heat at home in the ongoing four-match Test series before declaring how things panned out during the second Test in Bengaluru between India and Australia.
“I think they’re feeling the pressure a little bit to be honest (based on India’s conduct in Bangalore), and it’s good,” Lyon was quoted as saying by Yahoo Seven.
Lyon did not hesitate by saying Indian skipper Virat Kohli would be pushing hard to bring much into the gripping series following the comments Kohli, who termed Smith was acquiring the off-field guidance following the Australia’s 333-run in Pune Test.
“He can do what he wants. We need to just keep worrying about what we’re doing. India can carry on or do whatever they want to do,” Lyon said on Kohli.
Earlier, Lyon has termed Kohli as the ‘head of the snake’ in Indian batting line-up which later on drew flak.
Lyon, who has a sore index bowling finger further said he is confident to bowl on Ranchi when they will take on India in the third Test on Thursday (March 16).
“The pressure is right on India. There’s no pressure on us. Everyone said we were going to lose 4-0, ‘they’re no good’,” Lyon said.
Lyon, suffered a finger split callus ( the hard part of the skin) while delivering the marathon of overs in the recent past.
On the other side, the visiting skipper Steven Smith and hosts’ Virat Kohli are bound to meet alongside match referee Richie Richardson who on Wednesday, who has replaced the match referee Chris Broad who was officiating the first two Tests in Pune and Bengaluru.
“I’m not surprised about it. He’s one of the best batters in the world, but I don’t find him intimidating. I want to challenge myself against the best batters in the world and he’s one of those,” Lyon remarked.
The meeting has been scheduled follow the recent DRS controversy which escalated the tensions among both the boards and sides after India levelled the series 1-1 when they claimed the win by 75 runs at Chinnaswamy Tests.
As the three pitches were prepared to get picked by the hosts, Lyon said it would be same for both the teams after claiming the Test career best of 8 for 50 in Bengaluru.
“We’ll just have to wait and see which one they play … it’s going to be the same for both sides. The last two pitches I’ve been able to get good bounce, sharp bounce and fast spin,” Lyon concluded.
Earlier, Kohli had also rubbished the claims of Smith, who in the presser stated it was a “brain fade” before admitting it was his mistake and should not have done it before coming into the firing line.