Did Virat Kohli miss a trick by not playing a spinner in the 2nd Test vs Australia? India who went in without a spinner, lost the match by 146 runs and guess what? Australia’s spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed 8 wickets in the match.
AUSSIES WIN! What a Test.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018
Team India & their skipper Virat Kohli were on a high after winning the opening test match of the series and everyone expected them to repeat that performance in Perth which hosted the 2nd Test. The match was first eclipsed by the talk surrounding the pitch in Perth. So much so that the Indian team management decided to play without a spinner on what looked like a fast-bowler friendly wicket. With lot of grass cover, which always assists fast bowlers, Virat chose 4 pacers and left out spinner Ravindra Jadeja. There were injury concerns as well, Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out due to injuries.
India bowled first in Perth and everyone expected the bowlers to blow away the Aussie batsmen. But the hosts rallying on a good opening stand by Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch scored a decent 326. India had a horrible start to their innings but Virat Kohli smashed a great hundred that helped India post 283 in reply.
In the 2nd innings, the Indians missed a spinner and the Aussie batsmen capitalised by scoring 243 to set India a challenging 287 run target to win the match. As always, Team India, heavily reliant on Virat Kohli’s success, couldn’t chase that target after King Kohli was dismissed by spinner Nathan Lyon. Virat could only make 17 as the rest of the Indian batsmen perished without putting up a fight.
Australia won their first test in almost 9 months as they beat India by 146 runs to level the series. The action now shifts to Melbourne which will host the 3rd Test starting on the Boxing day which is 26th December, the day after Christmas. The series is tied at 1-1 and with the way, the first two Tests have panned out, expect nothing but an interesting contest between the two sides.
Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.