Todd Murphy, a young spinner, has been brilliant thus far in his first game against India in Nagpur. The 22-year-old bowler kept the visitors in the game by taking the prized scalps of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli. There were many discussions about his first test selection, but the spinner proved everyone wrong and performed admirably in the opening match.
After receiving the Baggy Green, spin master Nathan Lyon was seen conversing with the cricketer. When the 36-year-old requested him to recall why he started playing the game and to compete as hard as he can, Murphy revealed that he was instructed to do so.
“I remember a couple of things that Gaz (Nathan Lyon) said. He said that just make sure I never forget why I started playing cricket and to keep that love for the game and then just get out there and compete as hard as you can,” Murphy said after the end of the first day’s play as quoted by Indian Express.
“I remember a couple of things that Gaz (Nathan Lyon) said” – Todd Murphy
The young spinner added that while Lyon relies heavily on variation, he is a bowler who is quite reliable with his stock delivery.
“Gaz’s stock balls are so good that he believes a lot in that and he is so consistent with it, where I probably rely on a little more variation,” Murphy added.
Regarding the opening match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, top-ranked Test all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been simply outstanding. The spinner thoroughly shredded the Australian batting order while making his comeback, taking five wickets. Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Todd Murphy were among the wickets he took, limiting the Pat Cummins-led team to 177 runs in the first innings.
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