Last Update on: January 27th, 2019 at 10:18 am
Former Indian National Cricket team skipper Mohammad Azharuddin believes if opposition teams will not succeed if they can’t read the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Meanwhile, Kuldeep and Chahal were at their business once again as New Zealand were all out for 224. Kuldeep continued his lightning form to return with another four-wicket haul while Chahal bagged a couple. The men in blues defeated the Kiwis by 90 runs to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. The home batsmen, save Doug Bracewell, who top scored with 57, offered very to little resistance as New Zealand folded for 234 in 40.2 overs chasing a stiff target of 325. Previously, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 154 runs for the opening wicket to guide India to post a massive total.
Speaking on Saturday’s clash, Mohammad Azharuddin hailed India’s spinning duo. The top-order have failed in the first two games, and Azharuddin feels they need to score runs. He also noted that if opposition teams can’t read Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, they will not succeed.
“It was yet another dominant performance by the Indian team, especially spinners. No doubt, Doug Bracewell batted well, played the way he naturally does. But the top order also needed to play their natural game. Until you find ways to read Kuldeep and Chahal, you will not succeed. It’s still easier to play a finger spinner but very difficult to bat against wrist spinners,” Azharuddin said to India Today.
India have gone from strength strength
In addition to, Mohammad Azharuddin also noted that they have been performing like this in the last 4-5 years. He also added Virat Kohli & Co are a good side across formats. He also noted that Indian National team have grown in strength over the years.
“We have a very good team and it has been performing this way for the last 4-5 years now. Not just one day, we have a very good side across formats. The standard of other teams may have gone down a little, but we have just gone from strength-to-strength. Whoever will compete with us, the result will be same,” he added.
India currently leads the series 2-0 with three matches still to go against New Zealand. A three-match T20I series will commence after the ODI series starting from February 6.