Murphy, who has dismissed Kohli thrice, is enjoying trying to spin the Indian batsmen
Australia spinner Todd Murphy, who made his Test debut in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, is enjoying taking the Indian batsmen to task with the dismissal of veteran Virat Kohli thrice. Along with Murphy, Matthew Kuhneman, who made his India debut in this series, has also bowled brilliantly. Both these new bowlers have supported the experienced Nathan Lyon well. The 22-year-old Murphy took 11 wickets at an average of 21.81 in the opening three Tests of the four-match series.
He took just one wicket in the Indore Test but that wicket was of Kohli. He bowled economically from one end which benefited the other bowlers. Murphy is enjoying bowling against Kohli. “It has been wonderful,” he said here on Thursday. When I look back at Nagpur, when Kohli came to the crease, I was bowling with full rhythm. I was thinking it would be fantastic to bowl to such a player at this point of time. ,
Murphy said, “I was able to get him out in the first three Tests. It was indeed an enjoyable struggle. Bowling to him is no different than bowling to a lot of people. It is challenging at times when they (Indian batsmen) stand there. Would like to In Indore, Murphy picked up the wicket of Kohli when he was looking in good touch.
When asked about the plan against Kohli, Murphy said, “It’s always nice when you get success like this.” I think while bowling ’round the wicket, we try to hit the edge of the bat. Our plan has worked so far and it would be great to get them out again. Australia went into the field with three spinners in the last two Tests of the series. Although Murphy is not used to such a situation, he has no complaints about it.
“It is something I have never really experienced, playing with two other top spinners. Steve (Smith) talked about it before the last Test, it’s about letting go of your ego and knowing you’re going to bowl short spells at times. Asked about playing for Australia, Murphy, who has missed out on several occasions, said, “Kuhnemann and I have talked about it.” Kuhneman made his debut in Delhi. At the start of the season, we weren’t both in the state teams and now it’s great to be here playing Test cricket together. It happened much faster than both of us expected.