An incredulous Nathan Lyon got loud and lippy after being trumped by a tailender in Mumbai, according to India A’s double-centurion Shreyas Iyer.
Lyon grabbed four wickets in Australia’s only tour game before their four-Test series against India starts in Pune on Thursday.
But they came at a cost of 162 runs. The offspinner was belted for 57 runs in a miserable six-over burst late in Sunday’s morning session at Brabourne Stadium.
Iyer, who finished 202 not out, watched most of the carnage unfold from the non-striker’s end.
Instead it was No.8 batsman Krishnappa Gowtham, with a first-class batting average of 19.63 prior to his knock of 74, who led the assault on Lyon.
Gowtham was picked in the hosts’ team as an offspinner, but didn’t bowl in Australia’s first innings because of a hamstring injury. Iyer says Lyon questioned the seriousness of Gowtham’s setback.
“He was not that happy when Gowtham came in and started attacking him, because he was having an injury,” Iyer said.
“He started talking a bit about him. He was asking me ‘who is he?’ … ‘who is this guy?’
“Later on he also asked me ‘was he acting while fielding?’
“He was really disappointed the way he hit him.”
The verbal barbs came six hours before David Warner indicated it would be pointless sledging fiery India skipper Virat Kohli in the upcoming series.
“If you niggle at him, it either makes him better or if you get under his skin, he’ll probably get even better,” Warner said.
Iyer also discussed Sunday’s on-field row between Peter Handscomb and India paceman Ashok Dinda.
“He was playing on the backfoot and Dinda went up to him and said ‘just play on the front foot’,” Iyer said.
Steve Smith last week gave teammates a licence to “get into a battle verbally” in India.
“If that gets the best out of them, go for it,” Smith said.
Tussles for the Border-Gavaskar trophy are often heated.
Warner plus Indian quartet Varun Aaron, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma were all slapped with misconduct fines during the most recent Test series between the two nations.
Iyer proved on Saturday he doesn’t subscribe to the ‘what happens on the field, stays on the field’ mantra in place throughout Australia.
The 22-year-old claimed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and Warner were both “sledging” him on day two of the three-day clash.
“They keep talking: ‘this guy doesn’t know how to play defensive strokes, he can’t defend the ball’,” Iyer said.
“I was proving them wrong.”