I was hoping to see him back up his first innings heroics but not to be. 245 is looking a very long way away now. If Kohli can get them home from here, it would be huge. I kinda hope he can! I feel a bit dirty for saying that but it’s England. Fark England.
I just can’t comprehend it, and can’t reconcile that record with how he’s generally played against Australia (both home and away). On what I’ve seen he’s probably the closest approximation to a park cricketer I can remember. A propensity for being owned when batting (that innings last summer at the MCG, where he tried to slog his way through, was pure mental disintegration), and (at least one) four-ball offered up every over just doesn’t marry up with the idea of him being a destroyer. Weird…
At home, he did pretty well in the last Ashes. Away he was beyond terrible
The problem is, he isn’t and will never be a front line spinner. Yet that is how they have used him. In limited overs he is very good at keeping the RR down and picking up a couple of wickets. He doesn’t have nearly enough tricks to be a test match spinner
His batting is very hit or miss, he is more suited to batting at maybe 7 when the ball has gone soft. Yet over the years he has batted every position from 1-8
His other issue is, English pitches aren’t suited for spin bowling- so he doesn’t have much of a chance to really hone his craft that much apart from in actual matches
This was India’s best chance to win on English soil given they finally have some decent pacemen and England have several issues with their batting, yet aside from Kohli their batsmen let them down. Ashwin bowled very poorly in the 2nd innings, too flat, too quick, too short. You’d have though he was the part-time offie and not Moeen. On dry and dusty wickets he can be a handful. Out here he may as well not tour. He will never get conditions to suit him and the Aussies always target opposition spinners.