Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team’s captain and one of the best batsmen in the world, has had some difficulty playing against left-arm spin bowlers in the past. This has been particularly evident in matches played on pitches that offer more assistance to spin bowlers.
It is not that the star player is troubled by spin in foreign conditions. At home too, Kohli has been outfoxed by spinners on multiple occasions. Given that the ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in India, it puts more pressure on Kohli to get his spin issue sorted.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 left-arm spinners who have troubled and continue to trouble Virat Kohli.
In the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed twice in a row by spinner Mitchell Santner. Interestingly, the two dismissals were in different manners. In the first ODI, Kohli was outsmarted by a quicker delivery that hit the top of the off stump.
In the second, he was deceived by flight and turn, missing the ball completely, and was stumped. Santner has now dismissed Kohli three times in ODI cricket, making him one of the few bowlers to have successfully dismissed the formidable batsman. He has also claimed Kohli’s wicket once in T20Is as well.