India’s spin-twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been impressing more and more with every passing game. The duo is making waves in international cricket together, and Yuzvendra Chahal perhaps reveals the reason behind it.
The leg-spinner, on Monday (February 5), said there is no competition between him and his spin partner Kuldeep, and they enjoy each other’s success on the field.
They played together for the first time during the Sri Lanka tour in July last year and had not looked back since then. After bamboozling batsmen on friendly subcontinental wickets, the wrist-spinners have made life tough for the South African batsmen in the ongoing One-Day International series.
On Sunday (February 4), the spinners rocked the Proteas to help India win the game by nine wickets and go 2-0 up in the six-match series. South Africa were 51 for one when Chahal dismissed Quinton de Kock. In the very next over, Kuldeep dismissed Aiden Markram and David Miller to leave the hosts reeling at 51 for four.
Chahal went on to take his maiden five-fer in ODIs, finishing with stunning figures of five for 22 while Kuldeep finished with three for 20, as India bowled out South Africa for a modest 118 before chasing down the total comfortably.
Chahal and Kuldeep were then interviewed by their teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar where they spoke about competition, experience in South Africa and more.
“We have a similarity. We enjoy each other’s success. The one who bowls first shares inputs on the pitch and the pace with which we need to bowl at,” Chahal, who became the first spinner to take a five-for against South Africa in their backyard said when asked about ‘competition with Kuldeep.
“This makes it easy for the bowler who bowls second as to what the batsmen are trying to do in the middle. Sometimes, we discuss stuff like bowling googlies at one particular batsman. We bowl in partnerships, and we enjoy bowling with each other,” he added.
Chahal and Kuldeep were drafted into the limited-overs team after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s constant struggles on unfriendly wickets. The Test specialists could manage only five wickets from eight matches between them in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England before being dropped.
Kuldeep, who has picked three wickets in each of the first two matches, further said he has enjoyed bowling on South African tracks.
“We knew that there would be pace on the wickets, which possibly can help the spinners. In India, batsmen have time to adjust as the wickets are slow. Chahal and myself look to use the bounce to our advantage,” said Kuldeep who is touring the African country for the first time.
“Also, the ball reaches the batsmen fast; it’s difficult to play off the back foot. I have enjoyed bowling here, in fact, I find it [conditions] better than India as there is more bounce, pace and drift as well,” he added.
Watch the conversation here:
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