Former Indian captain reckons England tour will be the real test for Kuldeep-Chahal

He cited that getting used to the slower tracks in England will be the litmus test for the two cricketers.

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Kuldeep Yadav & Yuzvendra Chahal celebrate a wicket. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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The buzz around the India’s tour of England has already started picking up pace. The former cricketers have started giving their predictions on the tour and the excitement among the fans is on the rise as well. A lot of eyes would be on the much celebrated Indian wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Recently, former Indian captain Anil Kumble spoke on the big test that awaits the two young guns.

Chahal and Kuldeep wreaked havoc in South Africa in the ODI series. While Kuldeep Yadav bagged 17 wickets in 6 games, Chahal scalped 16 in the same number of matches. However, Anil Kumble reckons that playing in England will be a different ball game. He cited that getting used to the slower tracks in England will be the litmus test for the two cricketers.

“The wickets will be slightly slower early on; it depends on the weather. The first half — when you go in early July — can get cold. You won’t get much bounce hence you have to be a lot fuller, but these are things they will pick up as soon as they start practising there,” Anil Kumble quoted as per the quotes in Sportstar.

Anil Kumble feels the captain will play a big role

Commenting further on the same lines, Anil Kumble stressed on the importance of the captain guiding his bowlers. He noted that Virat Kohli will have to play a big role in getting the best out of his players, especially the bowlers, on the big tour.

“If you are playing an attacking role, it’s important that you are used in that fashion. Both Kuldeep and Chahal have been aggressive bowlers, looking to pick up wickets, irrespective of how many runs they go for,” Kumble noted.

“You also need to set the fields and the skipper needs to back them. They’ve done a good job so far, but it’ll be important to see how they perform in English conditions,” he added further.

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