‘At least you’ll play one game’ – Nathan Lyon reminisces his father’s funny reaction at his Test debut
Nathan Lyon also recalled that both his mother and grandmother got emotional while listening his debut news.
Updated - Jan 17, 2021 10:25 am
Nathan Lyon would savor every moment he is spending at The Gabba in Brisbane against the Indian side. Not only is this match the decider and will determine who gets hold of the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it is also Lyon’s 100th Test for the Aussies. He is the 13th Australian cricketer to achieve the feat.
It has been nothing short of a fairy tale run for Nathan Lyon in Test cricket. Having made his Test debut in 2011 against Sri Lanka at Galle, Lyon has enjoyed a decade of success and will now surely qualify as one of the greatest bowlers to have ever taken the field for Australia in the whites. He is already the third highest wicket taker for the Aussies with 397 wickets to his name. And to think that he started his career as a pitch curator and has reached this level is indeed a stuff that fairytales are made of!
Nathan Lyon now recalls the humorous interaction that he had with his father before putting on the Australian Baggy Green Cap for the first time. In fact, Lyon reveals that his father was happy that he would at least play a single Test match for Australia.
“I called Mum and Dad, I think Dad was out the back of Temora (NSW town) somewhere working. I said, ‘Dad, you won’t believe this,’ and he said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I’m making my debut.’ He goes, ‘That’s all right, at least you’ll play one game,’ and he hung up,” said Lyon in a chat with Mark Howard at Fox Cricket.
Nathan Lyon reveals that his entire family got emotional
Lyon later revealed that his entire family had turned emotional and that his dad had hung up quickly as he was ‘too emotional’ to talk to him. Lyon also recalled that both his mother as well as his grandmother were crying and also added that his brother was totally speechless.
“I’ve since found out that he was probably too emotional to talk. Then I called my brother, and he was speechless. Mum started crying… I called my grandmother and she started crying,” added the off spinner.
Lyon’s 100th Test was made memorable as he was able to scalp the wicket of Rohit Sharma, who was looking dangerous with the willow. Lyon is 33 years old, and still has a lot of cricket left in him. And, he will continue to spin his way to more success in the future for the Aussies with the red ball in hand.