Border Gavaskar Trophy 2022-23: With Rishabh Pant out, mantle of tackling spinners on Cheteshwar Pujara & Shreyas Iyer. Complete analysis of India batters against spin bowling.
India’s batters have been traditionally good against spinners. But with the unavailability of Rishabh Pant who sustained injury due to an accident recently, their strength against the slower bowlers has been considerably hampered.
With the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2022-23 just about a month away, it’s a good time to visit the India batters’ numbers against spinners and see who fares the best amongst the lot against spinners.
Pujara has to step up in the absence of Pant
Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batter in the current mix who has been comfortable against Nathan Lyon & Co in Test matches against Australia since the 2016-17 edition of Border Gavaskar Trophy. The Saurashtra batter has scored 573 runs in 16 innings at an average of 81.86 with two hundreds and one fifty-plus score.
Shreyas Iyer is of course really good against spinners but he hasn’t featured in Tests against Australia. And with Rishabh Pant out of contention due to injury, there is no other batter who averages above 50 against Australia’s spinners in the last six years. KL Rahul was good during the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 and averages 49 against Lyon & Co since 2017.
India's batters against Australia spinners since 2017
Decoding India batters’ overall performance against spin in the last five years (Timeframe – January 1, 2018 to January 12, 2023)
Runs vs All Bowlers
Runs vs Spin
Avg vs all bowlers
Avg vs Spin
Percentage run vs spin
Outs vs all bowlers
Outs vs spin
Percentage outs vs Spin