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Sourav Ganguly column: Kohli’s Eden knock a masterclass for young players

Aussies need to do something extraordinary to stop Indian juggernaut

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India look all set to win the series in Indore and Australia will need to do something extraordinary to stop this Indian juggernaut. The hosts’ batting has not been at its best, admittedly, yet the totals have been good enough to get past Australia.

The teams now move to Indore where the pitch is a fantastic batting surface. It is not, however, the biggest of grounds and this is not very good news for the visitors. The Australian batting has really been a letdown and they must be very disappointed at not chasing down 250 at Eden Gardens.

In Chennai, the ball spun a bit, there was a bit of purchase and the rain also came into play but the Eden had a better batting surface and the way the Aussies tackled spin on that surface does not augur well for them for rest of the series.

Moreover, the young Australian batting has not really stood up and hence there is a feeling that once David Warner and Steve Smith are dismissed, they will find it very hard to chase down targets. Their only option is to bat first and defend the score with their bowling, which has been a big plus for them. Pat Cummins has been simply sensational, as has been Nathan Coulter-Nile.

For India, Virat Kohli’s knock at the Eden was a classic not just because he scored runs — that is something he does anyway in one-day cricket — but for the mental adjustment he has made and the ability he has shown in his application while batting, and that is why he is different from the rest. I am sure a lot of young batsmen have learnt a thing or two from that innings about how to apply themselves.

After the Champions Trophy, I had a feeling that India wanted wrist spinners in their mix and that’s why Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been persistently featuring in the squad. Kuldeep has a lot of variation in his bowling but Chahal has stood out for me: his temperament is the biggest plus for India and the word is that the Aussie batsmen are not being able to pick him very well.

Once again, this is not good news for the visitors for the rest of the series!