Indian spin king Ravi Ashwin has boldly claimed Todd Murphy was “10 to 50 times better” than Nathan Lyon was on his first tour of the nation in a glowing endorsement of the Aussie youngster.
Murphy burst onto the scene by snaring seven wickets on his Test debut, although it was not a memorable one in terms of the result as Australia lost by an innings and 132 runs.
Watch Australia’s Tour of India. Every ODI live & ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
The 22-year-old ultimately finished the tour with 14 wickets from four Tests, just six behind Lyon.
It was Murphy’s “capacity and composure” to bowl both over and around the wicket that had Ashwin singing the Aussie youngster’s praises.
“Nathan Lyon did pick up 20 wickets in this series,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
“However, the pressure was built by other spinners too. Todd Murphy had a sensational debut series.
ODI Ultimate Guide: Smith prepares for five-year first as Aussies sweat on wounded Warner
Indian cricket administrator slams ‘vicious and spiteful’ Khawaja treatment
David Warner earns surprise captaincy gig after returning to India
“You might wonder what is there to talk about Todd Murphy. This is his first tour to India.
“I remember many spinners’ first tour to India. Nathan Lyon came here first in 2013. He went to Sri Lanka before that.
“Todd Murphy came here 10 to 50 times better than how Nathan Lyon came here on his first Test tour.
“I am not saying that he is a better bowler in terms of quality, skill or performance. I am talking about his capacity and composure to be able to bowl around the stumps and over the stumps.”
It wasn’t just Murphy’s ability with the ball that impressed Australian cricket fans.
The tailender put together a memorable 70-run partnership with Lyon in Australia’s first innings of the fourth Test in which the spectacled spinner scored 41 runs from 61 balls.
In an era of lucrative T20 leagues and sensational youngsters being fast-tracked into the international cricket scene, Salman Ali Agha took the road less travel
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is closing in on another IPL title (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)Getty Images During the ongoing Indian Premier League - cricket's m
AHMEDABAD: The schedule for the 2023 World Cup will be revealed during the World Test Championship final at The Oval, according to Board of Control for Cricket
Teammates praise him for approaching game with clear mindAHMEDABAD: It is the fifth ball of the 14th over of Gujarat Titans' innings. Mumbai Indians allrounder