The Indian batsmen have always been great players of spin bowling as they grow up playing on spin-assisted pitches. However, we have seen a shift in the trend where a lot of Indians are getting out to spinners in the recent past. The fans witnessed something similar during the final ODI match against England as well.
India’s batting strength, i.e their top three batsmen Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli all got out to spinners. Moreover, KL Rahul too got out to a part-time leg-break bowler. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman raised alarms on this concern while mentioning that it has been becoming a pattern.
“The dismissal of KL Rahul was very unfortunate, getting out on a full toss. But both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be really disappointed when they see the replay because this has almost become like a pattern against the spinners,’ Laxman said during a show on Star Sports.
‘Indian players are supposed to be excellent batsmen against spin bowling’: Laxman
The veteran cricketer went on to explain the dismissals of India’s top four batsmen that got out to spinners. Laxman reckoned that he’s a bit concerned because the Indian players are supposed to be excellent batsmen against spin bowling.
“Rohit Sharma was not able to read the googly from Adil Rashid and then Shikhar Dhawan got out. And then, Moeen Ali gets the wicket of Virat Kohli. The ball was pitched up and Virat Kohli was looking to play through the offside against the turn, giving himself room. I think this is a cause of concern because Indian players are supposed to be excellent batsmen against spin bowling. Overall, the wonderful foundation laid by Shikhar and Rohit Sharma was halted by the spin bowling duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.” said a concerned Laxman,’ Laxman signed off.