Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have truly become India’s spin spearheads in limited-overs format now. They have not looked back since replacing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the ODI and T20I teams in 2017. Since then, they have only gone from strength to strength and are now gearing up for the upcoming World Cup.
The two have not only impressed in India but also outside the country. Unlike Ashwin and Jadeja, who struggled in overseas conditions, Kuldeep and Chahal have delivered outside too. They have performed remarkably in the likes of South Africa, England and Australia. Unsurprisingly, a lot will be expected from them in the upcoming World Cup. With the English summer set to assist spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep will have to play a big role if India are eyeing the coveted World Cup trophy.
It should be noted that MS Dhoni has played a big part in the duo’s success. Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps has helped the two do well. Time and again, one has seen Dhoni giving the two youngsters tips and suggestions and more often than not it works. And ahead of the World Cup, Chahal has said the duo still obeys what the former Indian skipper has to say.
“Whatever happens, you need Mahi bhai. We still obey what he says. He intervenes when we go wrong. It was the same when we first arrived. Even today, if we plan something of our own, we feel the need to talk to him about it,” Chahal told Times of India.
Chahal also opened up on his partnership with Kuldeep. The leg-spinner said that he knows the left-arm spinner for seven-eight years and that the two trust each other.
“It feels nice to know that our partnership works. We know each other for seven-eight years. We were together at the Mumbai Indians. We trust each other. If I have a bad over, I know he will try to cover it up from the other end by being a bit defensive so that I can make a good comeback in my next over,” he said.
Meanwhile, the World Cup will start on May 30. India, on the other hand, will start their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.