After India’s wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav wrecked havoc within the South African camp, Twitter clogged in with messages of appreciations across the cricketing fraternity.
Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin also joined in to applaud the efforts of the youngsters in the senior teams.
The two made rapid strides in international cricket with their spells in the last season. So much so that the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, regulars for India in all three formats for some years, cannot find a place in the Indian lineup in coloured clothing.
Chahal, who made a name for himself due to his six-wicket haul at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru against England last year, clinched his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs in Centurion. He was ably supported by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who picked up three wickets in the match.
Looking at these performances, fellow leggie from Afghanistan who himself is growing leaps and bounds when it comes to franchise cricket, Rashid Khan, took to his Twitter account to congratulate Chahal first hand.
“Well bowled @yuzi_chahal ??????,”
tweeted young teenager, freshly coming off a successful season in the BBL for the Adelaide Strikers.
Well bowled @yuzi_chahal 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) February 4, 2018
During the auctions of the 2017 season, VVS Laxman and co. surprised one and all with their selection of two Afghans in their ranks named Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. Rashid was also among the contenders to receive the Purple Cap for the majority of the league.
This time around, Rashid was expected to go for an exorbitant price and rightly so. The 18-year old went for a whopping sum of nine crores, as Kings XI Punjab, and Royal Challengers Bangalore went after aggressively for his services.
However, Sunrisers Hyderabad used their Right To Match card to retain his place on their roster.