Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav seem to be the pair made in heaven. The two wrist spinners have turned out to be the blessing for the team leading up to the 2019 World Cup. Such has been their reputations that even oppositions remain on their toes while facing the duo. Under Virat Kohli, the India team had found immense success in ODI cricket of late – winning the bilateral series in South Africa (5-1), Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (4-1). Meanwhile, much credit goes to the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep.

We look out for wickets, always – Chahal

It was during 2017 when both emerged on the scene as regular starters. As India faced wicket-crises in the middle-overs with Ashwin and Jadeja failing to create an impact; the inclusion of both the spinners turned the tables around. Since then, the ace-spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja have been out of the team, and Chahal-Kuldeep is ruling the world cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
Both Ashwin and Jadeja got dropped from the ODI team in 2017. Image Courtesy: Getty

Yuzvendra Chahal, known for his guile and control said he and Kuldeep Yadav are the wicket-taking bowlers in the team. The leg-spinner added they as a pair has the freedom to go for the wickets and are successful thus far.

“We possess a lot of variations between us. Even when we are going for runs, the mandate is that we have to go for wickets as that can dent the opposition. We have the freedom to go for wickets and always go for them. In the middle overs, if you keep chipping in with wickets you can cover even if you have gone for runs early on,” Chahal told Hindustan Times daily.

Someone like Kedar is important – Yuzvendra

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Kedar’s presence is beneficial to us, says Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Courtesy: Getty

With the 2019 World Cup approaching, the onus will fall on them to pick wickets at crucial junctures. Meanwhile, Chahal noted the presence of Kedar Jadhav as a part-timer helps the cause too. Even though anyone can go for runs in an odd game, Jadhav can compensate by getting handy scalps.

“… someone like Kedar is important. He can give you the sixth bowler’s option, can fill in overs if someone is going for runs and can also be given full quota if need arises,” Chahal said.

“He has a different action and has a lot of variations. His deliveries stay low and are difficult to score of as the batsmen can’t get underneath them.”

As of now, both Chahal and Kuldeep will be in action during the Australia series, which begins on February 24th in Vizag.