White-ball leaving batsmen in a spin, says Kohli
White-ball leaving batsmen in a spin, says Kohli, India captain Virat Kohli said ahead of the final test against England which begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Restricted overs cricket has left contemporary batsmen with a weak protection making them particularly susceptible on turning tracks, India captain Virat Kohli said ahead of the final test against England which begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Read More Australia vs New Zealand Cricket News
India won the third test inside two days after 30 wickets tumbled in five sessions in what was the shortest finished test match since 1935.
Debates raged over the suitability of the pitch but Kohli has blamed helpless batting by the two sides in the low-scoring contest.
On Thursday, Kohli dismissed the "noise" around the spinning track, saying seaming pitches never attract that kind of criticism in spite of witnessing similar collapses.
"It's always been the case that spinning tracks come into focus way more," Kohli, whose team are 2-1 up in the four-test series, said during a video conference.
"At the point when the ball seams on a particular pitch and teams get packaged out for 40-50-60, nobody expounds on the pitches." Read More Australia vs New Zealand 3rd-T20I Cricket News
"I would in any case maintain that the outcome in the last game was absolutely down to bizarre batting from the two sides."
Spinners claimed 28 of the 30 wickets in that match and left-arm spinner Axar Patel was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 11-wicket match haul.
"Having a strong protection is vital to surviving on spinning tracks," Kohli, considered an advanced batting great, explained.
"Test cricket has become more outcome arranged, thanks to the influence of white-ball cricket. But I trust one by-item is that it has also compromised a batsman's guarded procedure.
"Grinding out four-five sessions has gone outdated. Batsmen are not focusing enough on building a strong protection, because they have to change to other formats."
The 32-year-old said batsmen cannot just range their way out against the spinners.
"There are other ways to endure spin. For me, the best solution is playing a confident protective shot, which won't send the ball to short-leg of senseless point.
"That part of batsmanship has taken a back seat in today's cricket."
India need a draw in the final match to book a place in the final of the World Test Championship in June against New Zealand.
They will be without pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah who has avoided the match over personal reasons.
"Jasprit didn't play the test match that we won in Chennai," Kohli said.
"Having him is a major lift but having said that our seat strength is exceptionally strong right now."
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by...)