Nathan Lyon   s incredible feat on a pacer bowler-friendly wicket saw him draw high praise from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. @ Twitter/ICC
Nathan Lyon s incredible feat on a pacer bowler-friendly wicket saw him draw high praise from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. @ Twitter/ICC

Perth: Nathan Lyon dismantled India s tail on Sunday with the last three wickets falling for 31 runs to claim his 14th five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Australia took a 43-run lead in the first innings.

The offspinner, who now has 331 Test scalps, has drawn equal with Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan s record against India, after the 31-year-old claimed figures of 5/61 in his 34.5 overs. Lyon and Muralitharan now have seven five-wicket hauls against India in Test cricket.

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Lyon s incredible feat on a pacer bowler-friendly wicket saw him draw high praise from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. “Australia have got a very special spinner in @NathLyon421,” Tendulkar tweeted on Sunday.

“He has got terrific variations and uses the pace and bounce from the pitch to extract maximum value.”

After hearing of Tendulkar s tweet, Lyon was chuffed. “That’s amazing to get something like that from Sachin Tendulkar,” Lyon was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au after the day s play.

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“He’s obviously one of the greatest of all time to ever play the game. So, to get recognised from him it’s a massive honour.”

Meanwhile, Australia s 31-year-old strike weapon also found himself at No. 25 on the all-time list of leading wicket-takers surpassing South Africa pace great Allan Donald. “It’s a bit surreal,” Lyon said when told of the record.

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Lyon said that still has a lot left in the tank. “To pass the great ‘White Lightning’ it’s pretty special. Those types of milestones for me personally haven’t really sunk in. I don’t think I’m at the top of my game yet, he said.

“I think I’ve still got a lot of improvement, a lot of learning about the game and about off-spin bowling. I believe there’s a lot around the corner for me if I keep working hard and keep wanting to get better.

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“At the end of my career I’ll sit down with my family and friends and hopefully have a beer with mum and dad and my brother and everyone else and just go ‘OK, that’s where we got to, that’s pretty special’. But I’ve got a lot to achieve in my eyes.”