India looked pretty settled at 188 for three after choosing to beat in the first series when a terrible trade between Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli finished off the Indian captain, who made 74.
When the day’s work ended, India was 233 by six.
“It was huge. A wicket like that, out of stock, especially Virat is huge. It was great to get back on board after the Ashes. He was batting pretty well, so happy with that,” Lyon told the virtual press conference after the match day. .
When asked about his battle with Kohli e Cheteshwar Pujara (43 out of 160 balls), Lyon said they both have different batting styles and enjoyed the challenge.
“It was a lot of fun, good conversations there, but the battle is there against the best players in the world. In a wicket on the first day, it was a great challenge. They (Kohli and Pujara) are different in style and approach, beating spin bowling. I’m always up for the challenge against the best hitters, “he said.
Lyon said the Australian locker room was happy with the way things went on Thursday.
“Certainly satisfying, but we can improve a lot. We are very happy with where we are but we can continue to push the limits and continue to improve as a bowling unit. We are happy, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Lyon, who sacked Pujara he said.
Many of the edges of the Indian batters fell short of the fielders and Lyon said it was not because of the wicket but the skill of the Indian batters.
“If you look at India’s top order, they play with extremely soft hands. The wicket was pretty good. We look forward to bowling in the second inning. Hopefully we have a good batting inning. The wicket will only get better. The wicket will only improve. pink the ball softens up a bit soon. All in all, a very good wicket. ”
Lyon said young Cameroon Green was very impressive on his test debut. The 21-year-old threw nine wicket-less overs, giving away just 15 runs.
“He’s exciting, isn’t he. He’s extremely impressive. He seems to be an exceptional cricketer, a lovely guy, I already enjoy his company,” he said.
Lyon also praised pacer Mitchell Starc, who according to him has an “X factor”.
“He is a world-class player, I love playing with him.”