Team India had endured a painful defeat to Australia in the third Test of the series in Indore last week. Australia put up an amazing display in a Test that was completed in three days. They bowled out the hosts for just 109 runs, then grabbed an 88-run lead at the Holkar Stadium on a very difficult surface before cruising to a target of 75 runs with nine wickets remaining. With the victory, Australia also earned a spot in the World Test Championship final, which will take place at the Oval from June 7 to 11.
India’s issues with spin bowling defence persisted as nine of the team’s ten dismissals in the first innings of the Indore Test were caused by spinners, with one run out. Many cricket fans and ex-players have criticised India’s batters’ spin-playing skills. And maintain that the host team’s attempts to construct spin-friendly surfaces in the third Test backfired.
According to former India opener Gautam Gambhir
Nevertheless, according to former India opener Gautam Gambhir, if Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara weren’t “excellent players of spin,” they wouldn’t have been able to win 100 Test matches.
“I don’t believe that. Spin bowling is a skill that people like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma excel at. They wouldn’t have played in 100 Tests if they hadn’t been (Pujara and Kohli have already appeared in more than 100 Tests). To hit that mark, you must be a very skilled fast and spin bowler. The DRS has played a significant role, which is one aspect that has altered. Many times you had to adjust your technique when there was no DRS and no LBW on the front foot. Not enough people discuss that, according to Gambhir, speaking to Sports Today.
But despite the former opener’s insistence that tests should go beyond three days. None of the three tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy had gone past the fourth.
I agree that playing on twisting tracks is acceptable, however I won’t like it if test matches last only 2.5 days. Like the one in the New Zealand vs. England Test, we want to see close endings. (If a Test goes to) 4th or 5th day, it is OK. Gambhir said that 2.5 days was too little time.