Former Australian Chinaman Brad Hogg feels the lack of quality in spin department is hurting India’s chances overseas.
Hogg also expressed that Indian spinners, mainly including R Ashwin and Karn Sharma haven’t been able to use the bounce offered by the Australian pitches to the fullest and that is why their spinners have been able to account for only 6 wickets in three innings in comparison to Nathan Lyon’s 17 wickets in four innings.
“Bowling spin in Australia isn’t easy at all. Most spinners have pretty high averages here and it is only recently that Nathan Lyon has really come into his own. He is someone who used the bounce in pitches here to his benefit and that is something Indian spinners are perhaps not used to given how pitches back home behave.
“The likes of Ashwin and Jadeja haven’t done themselves any favours and they haven’t bowled well in overseas Test cricket off-late. They haven’t played as much cricket in foreign conditions as they would have liked but even in those few chances, they haven’t been too impressive.
“It is in that light Karn Sharma came into the picture at Adelaide and you could understand that decision as an attacking choice. He bowled decently well for his first Test, on a tough wicket, but the gap from limited-overs to five-day cricket has obviously been too big for him.”
With Ravindra Jadeja being ruled out due to a shoulder injury and left-arm spinner Axar Patel being chosen as his replacement, it will be interesting to see if Dhoni surprises everyone for the Boxing day Test.
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