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Nathan Lyon, who had 496 wickets going into the first Test match of the Pakistan series in Perth, acknowledged the influence of the legendary Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on his career, calling him “one of my biggest coaches“.

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They even later had a sweet conversation on X when Ashwin invited Lyon in response to Lyon’s remarks going viral on social media. After Lyon became the newest member of the esteemed 500-wicket club four days later, Ashwin saved his best response for his Australian counterpart.

When a calf injury ended Lyon’s Ashes series earlier this year, he appeared destined to reach his 500-wicket milestone. Later, he suffered his first injury setback in his 12-year career, spending months on the sidelines. After dismissing Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, and Aamer Jamal in the opening innings of the match against Pakistan at the Optus Stadium, where he holds a stellar record, he swiftly reached 499 wickets.

And then Lyon finally got his chance when he removed Faheem Ashraf on the fourth day after winning the lbw review, just when it appeared that he would be stuck at 499 wickets with the Australian quicks sweeping through Pakistan’s second innings.

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