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India’s struggles against spinners in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Team India faced a humiliating defeat against Australia in the third Test of the series in Indore last week. In the Test, which ended in three days, Australia produced an impressive performance to bowl out the hosts for just 109, then took an 88-run lead on a considerably tricky surface at the Holkar Stadium before cruising to a 75-run target with nine to spare. goals to spare. The win also qualified Australia for the final of the World Test Championship, which will be played from June 7 to 11 at the Oval.

India’s spin bowling problems continued as nine of the side’s 10 dismissals in the first innings of the Indore Test came against spinners – the rest were run out. Many fans and former cricketers alike have criticized the Indian batter’s ability to play spinners, insisting that the host side’s plans to prepare spin-friendly wickets failed in the third Test.

However, former India spinner Gautam Gambhir believes that batsmen like Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara would not have reached 100 Tests if they were not “good players of the spin”.

“I think not.” People like (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, Rohit Sharma are good spin bowlers. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have played 100 Tests (Pujara and Kohli have appeared in 100+ Tests so far). To achieve this mark you need to be a very good spin and fast bowler. One thing that has changed is that DRS has played a huge role. When there was no DRS and LBW on the front foot, you had to change your technique many times as well. People don’t talk about it much,” Gambhir told Sports Today.

However, the former opener insisted that the Tests must last more than three days; none of the three Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy reached the fourth day.

“Yes, I feel playing spins is fine, but I don’t appreciate Test matches that end in 2.5 days. We want to see close results like we saw in the New Zealand vs England Test. (If the test passes) on the 4th or 5th day, it’s fine. But 2.5 days is too short,” said Gambhir.

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