Particularly in the longest and most traditional version of the game, Virat Kohli’s recent problems against spinners have been a critical factor in lengthening the lean patch of the former Indian captain. In the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy match against Australia, Kohli has failed to score a single half-century and has a subpar average of 28.37 against off-spinners. The Rohit Sharma-led team’s talisman batsman has been out eight times by off-spinners since 2020.
Todd Murphy, a rising star for Australia, was just an unproven spinner when the Baggy Greens arrived in India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Since then, in three Test matches of the bilateral series, Murphy has defeated batting legend Kohli. As Australia’s first-ever Test player, Kohli was taken out by Murphy in Nagpur. Murphy discussed his conflict with former Indian captain Kohli in the Border-Gavsakar Trophy before the fourth test match against India.
“It’s been awesome, when I look back to Nagpur when he (Kohli) walked out to bat I was sort of at the top of my mark thinking ‘this is as good as it gets’ getting to bowl to a guy like that. To be able to have that for the first three Tests has been awesome, a really enjoyable battle and no different to bowling to a lot of their guys when they stand there it is daunting at times,” Murphy was quoted as saying by ICC.
For the fourth and final Test match of the series in India, Murphy is anticipated to play for the Australian XI. In the four-match Test series between Australia and India, Murphy has claimed 11 wickets. “It is always nice when plans come off, Nagpur wasn’t an ideal dismissal but you take what you can get so to have a couple of times the last few games has been really nice and validation that what we are thinking works,” he said.
Australia defeated India in the third Test in Indore to earn a spot in the ICC World Test Championship championship match. Nathan Lyon, a teammate of Murphy’s, claimed eight wickets in the second innings to secure Australia’s historic victory over India in the third Test. Lyon is the all-time leading wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and has taken the most foreign bowler wickets against India since 1990.
“I haven’t thought too far ahead but when you look ‘Gaz (Lyon) is still bowling as good as he ever has so when this series does come to an end it is going to slow down a little, it’s quite rare in other places in the world to play two spinners,” Murphy added.
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