India won the six-match One-day International series against South Africa after sealing the fifth ODI by 73 runs. The visitors took an unassailable lead of 4-1 at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on February 13.
A whole lot of credit should be given to the Indian spin duo in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both were instrumental in the 50-over series.
Kuldeep-Chahal combined together and picked up 30 wickets in the first five matches and completely bamboozled the Proteas middle-order line-up.
The Proteas batsmen accepted the fact that they have struggled to read the Indian spinners throughout the series.
Kuldeep is two wickets ahead of his spin partner with 16 wickets in the five matches. He picked up four wickets in the fifth ODI while Chahal managed to bag two wickets.
Even the South African batsmen have accepted the fact that they have been unable to read the Indian spin duo. Especially, Kuldeep as he is a ‘Chinaman’.
The spin duo has also earned praises from some of the former cricketers. this time it’s the Indian legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar, who has described the wrist spinners as ‘artists’ just like the legendary leg spinner Shane Warne.
In a post-match analysis show, Gavaskar said, “I have seen some wonderful spinners. Abdul Qadir, for example. He was fantastic as a leg-spinner. Shane Warne was another. I didn’t play against him, but he was an artist. He set batsmen up. I think this is exactly what these two spinners [Kuldeep and Chahal] are trying to do, trying to set batsmen up,”
Comparing the duo with the legendary Shane Warne he said, “Comparisons obviously are odious as guys are from different eras, different generation. But these two guys are two of the most exciting young spinners. What you see is the fearlessness of youth. They are not afraid to toss the ball up, unafraid to experiment.”
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