3 Reasons why Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should play together for India
With the T20I World Cup scheduled to be held in November, the Indian team would like to figure out its best combination.
Updated - Jan 10, 2020 11:40 am
Going into the World Cup 2019, India boasted of the best spin bowling attack, led by the ‘Kul-Cha’ (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal). This pair had troubled each and every opposition and had become a deadly pair. The best part that distinguished them from others was the ‘fearless’ attribute.
Unfortunately, the World Cup turned out to be a disaster, particularly for Kuldeep. Following this sequence of events, captain Virat Kohli has refrained to play both of them together, and rather bank upon a proper spin all-rounder. Many experts, including Irfan Pathan and Kris Srikkanth, have backed the two, but they haven’t played a single game together since the World Cup.
With the T20I World Cup scheduled to be held in November, the team would like to figure out its best combination. Playing the ‘Kul-Cha’ together has its own set of advantages.
Let us take a look at a few reasons why the two should play together:
1. Favourable Australian conditions
The Australian conditions have always offered a lot to the wrist spinners, the biggest example being of Shane Warne, who scalped 319 test and 136 ODI wickets in Australia. Both Kuldeep and Chahal too enjoyed bowling in those conditions, when the team last toured here. The former scalped 4 wickets in 3-game T20I series against the home team, whereas the latter’s best ODI figures of 6-42 have come in Australia itself.
Undoubtedly, bigger grounds suit the game of both the spinners, since they can flight the ball without caring about being hit for sixes. Most of the wrist spinners don’t depend upon assistance from the deck to implement their variations, a major reason for their success. On the other hand, fingers spinners don’t usually get any assistance from the pitches, which makes life difficult for them.
Therefore, it won’t make much sense if Virat Kohli plays any other finger spinner other the Ravindra Jadeja. The ‘Kul-Cha’ can be deadly in these conditions, and trouble any batting lineup.