Important batting issues continue despite India’s dominance


During Kohli’s 82-run alliance over the third wicket with Shubman Gill, the Indian captain was certainly not the dominant of the two © BCCI

Since January 2015, India have lost as many as 998 wickets in the 71 Test matches they have played, of which close to 40% have been against spin. Given that India’s reputation is traditionally very strong against spin, this raises the question of whether there are issues to be resolved now.

A majority of the current Indian batters do not play domestic cricket, unlike Mayank Agarwal, who by the way is the most successful dough in the ongoing test, having scored over 200 runs. Mayank has even given the credit for the years of grind in domestic cricket where there are different types of spinners.

“That could very well be the case. They are not exposed to spin bowling. But their international itinerary and commitments are such that they do not have time to play domestic cricket. You can not blame them. Give (India head coach) Rahul Dravid a little more The quality batsman he was, he will fix it fast enough, “said Pravin Amre, a domestic cricket giant in his playing days who has built a reputation as a good coach over the years.

India have, despite being in a dominant position, in the second Test lost all their wickets to spin – 14 to Ajaz Patel and three to Rachin Ravindra – with captain Virat Kohli coming out of a leg before and bowling in its two rounds. Is there a pattern in Kohli’s recent layoffs?

Indian batting major Dilip Vengsarkar rejects such proposals. “We can not reach conclusions on such courses. It is a turning point, and I will not attribute, least of all Kohlis’ dismissals, the weakness of spinning bowling. This is not a platform for assessment. One can make such an assessment regarding quality courses. , which will also attract spectators. ”

Under Kohli’s 82-run alliance over the third wicket with Shubman Gill, the Indian captain was certainly not the dominant of the two. Gill actually played with a lot more confidence, authority and confidence. One could say that Kohli missed an opportunity to make a statement just before the crucial away series against South Africa. Meanwhile, with two quality innings, Gill made a strong case for himself in the mid-order, exerting pressure on the more established in the Indian batting line-up.

Axar Patel, who scored unbeaten 41 of 26 in the second innings to go with half a century in the first, said at the press conference that India, despite having a huge lead, decided to strike again because they approached the inning as a simulation exercise for a hunt for fourth innings. India started day 3 at 69 for 0, delaying the statement until late in the second session so Indian key players could get back into their rhythm before facing the challenging South African bowlers away from home. But little may have been achieved, and although India are approaching a comfortable victory, their leading Batteries in South Africa, such as Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, may have missed a chance to get a strong performance under their belt.

The main batting questions will therefore continue despite India pushing to find some clear answers.

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