Anshuman Gaekwad
Anshuman Gaekwad. Image-DNA

Former Indian batting coach has been closely following the India vs Sri Lank series. India won the first Test by an innings and 222 runs heading into the second Test with an eye to clean sweep the Lankans. The team looks in a solid mood with all their performance and in the pink of their health.

Meanwhile, former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad has pointed out one of the basic batting flaws in the Indian batsmen heading into the second Test. He feels that a current lot of Indian batters are not good players of quality spinners including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

One important observation from the first Test was that the batsmen from both teams found it tough to play against the spinners. Virat Kohli was dismissed by Lasith Embuldeniya by a classical off-spinner’s delivery. Apart from him. Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal were also dismissed by spin.

If The Ball Turns A Lot, Batters Don’t Know What To Do: Anshuman Gaekwad

Virat Kohli gets out for 45. Photo- BCCI
Virat Kohli gets out for 45. Photo- BCCI

Former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad said that the modern batsmen are not good players of quality spin which is seeing them often getting dismissed by spinners. His comments are based on research that says Tets matches in recent times are finishing inside days 3 and 4 quite regularly.

In 2020, 12 of the 22 Test matches finished on either Day 3 or 4. In 2021, out of the 44 Test matches played, 20 finished inside the first four days. 12 out of the 20 Test matches precisely finished inside three days. In 2022, so far, where 10 Tests have already been played, two have ended on Day 4 and four on Day 3.

Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin. Photo- BCCI
Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin. Photo- BCCI

India have been a dominant side at home with their spin attack bowling out oppositions regularly inside the first four days. Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and R Ashwin are consistently troubling the batters in home conditions, The England and New Zealand Teat series at home was a perfect example of the same.

“Batters are not upto the mark when they play against quality bowlers. You have to struggle and get the runs, which you do not see these days. These days, if the ball turns a lot, the batters don’t know what to do” said Gaekwad blaming the advent of T20 cricket for the recent downfall of modern batsmen against quality spin.

The second and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka starts from March 12 onwards in Bengaluru. It will be a day-night Test match with 50 per cent of the capacity crowd allowed inside the stadium.

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