Former Australian captain Ian Chappell predicts the young wrist-spinning duo of India has the potential to excel in Australia.
Notably, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav starred, as India scripted history in the Rainbow Nation.
While Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli contributed to the Indian dominance with four brilliant centuries, Kuldeep and Chahal bagged 33 wickets together.
Meanwhile, South Africa has long past of humiliation by the wrist spinners. Previously, the dynamic duo of Bill O’Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett decimated South Africa way back in 1935-36. Also, Richie Benaud and Shane Warne wrecked havoc in South African batting line-up as did Kuldeep and Chahal.
Aussie wrist spin:
Grimmett and O’Reilly enjoyed a phenomenal dominance during the 1935-36 tour. Of the 98 wickets taken by Australia, the duo returned with 71 between them.
They had an outstanding average of (Grimmett) 14.59 and (O’Reilly) 17.04. However, Kuldeep and Chahal had a better statistics, as they helped India to win the series 5-1. Kuldeep claimed 17 wickets at 13.88, while Chahal pocketed 16 at 16.37.
“Even O’Reilly – he despised one-day cricket, referring to it as ‘the pyjama game’ in his newspaper columns – would have beamed with pride at those figures in an era of big bats and short boundaries. As the greatest promoter of wrist spin, he would’ve enjoyed the aggressiveness of the India duo,” Chapell said.
Wrong ‘un difficulty:
South Africa failed terribly in picking India’s wrist spinners. Chappell feels batsmen inability to pick the spin of wrist spinners is the major reason for their success.
“Kuldeep and Chahal have exploited this flaw unmercifully, and they’ve been both brave and shrewd in knowing exactly when and where to flight their deliveries.
“The first time I saw Kuldeep, I was impressed when he dismissed David Warner in the deciding Test of the 2016-17 series against Australia,” Chappell stated.
Further, Chappell believes it requires a big heart to be a good wrist spinner.
“In an era where the popularity of wrist spin is booming in limited-overs cricket, India has unearthed a pair that is outstanding in skill and confidence. It takes a lot of skill to be a good wrist spinner, but it also requires a big heart to be a top-class purveyor of the art,” Chappell added.
Australia series emerging:
The 74-year-old Chappell feels with big grounds in Australia, Chahal and Kuldeep could ripe fruits in Australia. He also added Indian head coach Ravi Shastri is well aware of what results good wrist spin can achieve in Australia.
“On the large Australian grounds good wrist spin can reap vital rewards. If Kuldeep and Chahal maintain their form, they could become famous (or infamous) in Australia, the spiritual home of wrist-spin bowling. The irony would appeal to O’Reilly’s devilish sense of humour,” Chappell concluded.
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