Who can be a better man to explain how to play spin than India’s Little Master Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar was a brilliant batsman to the pacers, but more than that it was his watertight defence against the tweakers that set him apart. Even as India take on England in the fourth Test match in Ahmedabad, the pitch continues to get all the limelight and therefore how to play spin became a constant talking point.
“Well, the first thing to do when you are playing fast bowling or spin bowling is to have a still head, which means that you don’t move your head too much. Just stand still so that you get a better idea of what the line and length is going to be.After that you can either move forward or backward. But if you have a still head to negotiate anything,” he said on Star Sports.
“With spin bowling all you need to do is to get right forward as we saw Virat Kohli do. Even as he got right forward we saw his head was right on to of the ball. Or you go back and defend but when you are defending off the backfoot the bottom hand becomes very important because if you hold it loose, less chance of the ball popping up if there is an edge or going to the close in catchers,” Gavaskar, the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket added.
England have been pummelled by India for 317 runs and 10 wickets respectively on successive rank turners and the home team would like to make it 3-1 in their bid to book the World Test Championship final berth.