World Cup 2019, IND vs AFG: India exposed to Afghan spin trick

In the ongoing ICC World Cup, India had not lost a single wicket to spin until Saturday when India lost five wickets to the Afghanistan spinners.

Rohit Sharma doesn't have a clue about a carrom ball from Mujeeb Ur Rahman and has his off stump pegged back.   -  Reuters

When it comes to playing spin, Indian batsmen are touted to be one of the best in business. Having a stupendous spin attack, which is the backbone of the team's strategy in sub-continent wickets, it is natural for India to be adept in playing spin

In the ongoing ICC World Cup, India had not lost a single wicket to spin until Saturday, having lost all its wickets to pacers in the three matches it had played, so far.

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It all changed in the fifth over of the Indian innings when Mujeeb Ur Rahman castled Rohit Sharma with a beauty of a carrom ball, that spun late and breached his defence.

Soon, K.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni too fell to spinners as India's record against spin was blemished by some accurate bowling.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni danced down the track to Rashid Khan but missed the line of the ball and Ikram Ali did the rest behind the stumps.   -  Getty Images

Against South Africa, India lost its wickets to Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo while against Australia it was Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Pat Cummins among the wicket takers against India. For Pakistan, it was Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, who took the Indian wickets in last week's marquee clash.

India, till Saturday's match, played 53 overs and scored 339 runs.

India was restricted to 224/8 in its 50 overs with the spinners taking five wickets and the medium-pacers three, with all three coming at the death, including two in the last over, when India was looking for quick runs.