The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia has been a closely contested affair so far, with the two sides locked at 1-1 after the first two Tests. However, one thing that has been consistent throughout the series is the dominance of the Australian spinners over Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli has been unable to get going against the Australian spinners, with his scores in the first two Tests being 11, 0, 13, and 3. This is in stark contrast to his record against spinners in the past, where he has been one of the most successful batsmen in the world.
The Australian spinners have been able to exploit the weaknesses in Kohli’s technique, bowling a tight line and length and not giving him any room to free his arms. They have also been able to vary their pace and flight, making it difficult for Kohli to get into a rhythm.
The Indian captain will be hoping to turn things around in the third Test in Indore, which starts on October 14. He will need to find a way to counter the Australian spinners if India are to take a lead in the series.
Kohli’s struggles against the Australian spinners have been a major talking point in the series so far, and it will be interesting to see how he responds in the third Test. If he can find a way to get back to his best, it could be the turning point in the series.