A pink-ball oddball: Spinners redundant in this genre of the game?

The first pink-ball Test in India could be (mis) construed as a vindication of the spinners’ redundancy in this genre of the game. For the first time ever in the history of Indian cricket, their spinners went wicketless. It also had to do with the fact that they barely bowled: seven overs across both innings. Among the 29 wickets to have fallen in the match, only one went to the spinner (Taijul Islam dismissing Ajinkya Rahane on Day 2), reiterating the perception that pink-ball cricket is overwhelmingly skewed in favour of the faster men. While it’s true that seamers get better purchase, the spinners, especially those using their fingers, aren’t a peripheral force. Ask Nathan Lyon.