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Former Indian Test opener and now a cricket analyst Aakash Chopra reckons that Nathan Lyon is a better Test bowler than Ravichandran Ashwin. Chopra feels Lyon put his body behind the ball, which helps in extracting more bounce from the surface. The former Indian batsman believes Lyon has delivered the goods in all the conditions in the recent past whereas Ashwin has not been able to do that consistently.
Ravichandran Ashwin has a brilliant record in the home conditions but he hasn’t been able to replicate the same form in overseas conditions. Ashwin has better numbers in the home conditions as he snared 254 wickets in 43 Test matches in India at an average of 22.80 whereas he has snared 111 wickets in 28 Test matches at an average of 31.44 in alienate conditions.
Nathan Lyon has delivered in all kinds of conditions
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon has been more consistent in the overall conditions. Lyon is known to make good use of the topspin and puts more revolutions on the ball. As the Australian pitches are not tailor-made for the spinners, Lyon has found more methods to get his wickets.
Aakash Chopra said while talking on his YouTube channel, “I am going with Nathan Lyon, especially in the recent past. It is because I like a couple of things about Nathan Lyon. Firstly, I like his body action. He puts the body behind the delivery. He gets a good bounce. And in conditions where the pitch is not tailor-made for spin, there also he does very well.”
Chopra added that Ashwin has the skills to run through the batting order in the sub-continent conditions, where the tracks are a paradise for the spinners. However, his performances in the overseas conditions have been mundane. On the other side, Lyon has performed consistently in all the conditions and he has played the majority of his career on the Australian pitches.
“If you play Ashwin and Lyon in spin-friendly conditions, say in India, Ashwin will be miles ahead. And he will take wickets quickly and consistently against any opposition team.”
“But Nathan Lyon on good surfaces like South Africa, England or Australia, since he is born and bred in Australia, he knows how to put the body behind the ball. He is also friendly with the Kookaburra ball, so the revs on the ball and all of that, Nathan Lyon does that more.”