New Delhi: Indian batsmen are known for their ability to play spin. But the recent trend suggest that this art is quickly becoming an alien one for the sub-continental team.
After the debacle in England, where a certain Moeen Ali took 19 wickets to help the home side win the Test series 3-1, the first outing Down Under has a similar script unfolding.
Before the start of the Australia tour, the focus was entirely on the Indian batsmen vs Aussie fast bowlers – Mitchell Johnson, et al. But by the end of fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide, the focus has clearly shifted to the lone Aussie spinner -- Nathan Lyon. And his role on the fifth day will be crucial.
By the look of things, a draw is still on the cards but Lyon on such sublime form and India's recent trend of giving away wickets to spinners, a result is certainly possible.
After the end of Day 4, Lyon returned with an impressive figure of 5 for 134. It's his sixth five-for in Test, and in the process he also became the first Australian spinner to take five wickets in an innings at home against India in 46 long years, after Bob Simpson.
Both Shane Warne and Stuart Stuart MacGill – Australia's best spinners – failed to achieved this magical feat.
When the Day 5 action resumes, Australians will try to add quick runs and give their bowlers a chance to go at the Indians. That's when Lyon will come into party.