‘I don’t think there can be a better opportunity’ – Aakash Chopra wants India to play Chahal, Kuldeep on Sri Lanka tour
The leg-spinner combination was extremely successful for India whenever they played together.
Updated - Jul 17, 2021 3:00 pm
India is all set to face Sri Lanka in the ODI series starting from July 18 in Colombo. With the major players missing out, the focus has shifted to the spin-twin in the Indian limited-overs team, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The duo has not been able to replicate their success since the 2019 World Cup. Aakash Chopra has opined that the Indian team should play the two spinners despite them not being in the best of form recently.
Apart from the duo of ‘Kulcha’ (an affectionate name given to the pairing of Kuldeep and Chahal), the Indian team has selected a few more spinners for the tour. Among them, there is Krunal Pandya and Krishnappa Gowtham, who have the all-around ability, and Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy among others.
While speaking on this Youtube channel, Chopra gave an opinion that the two leg-spinners should play in Sri Lanka for the original reason why the duo started playing together and i.e, because of their ability to take wickets. Since the 2019 World Cup, the duo has not played together majorly because Hardik Pandya, the pace-bowling all-rounder hasn’t contributed much with the ball, which has forced India to play Ravindra Jadeja at no. 7. This has resulted in India not picking the two leggies together.
Aakash Chopra notes remarkable feat by ‘Kul-Cha’
“I don’t think there can be a better opportunity than this because why did you play Kulcha together, Jaddu and Ashwin were not taking wickets in the middle overs. Nowadays there is a new problem that you are not taking wickets in the first ten overs also,” Aakash Chopra said in his Youtube video.
Chopra explained that the duo was successful in picking up wickets regularly in the middle overs, which helped the Indian team to win several matches. The pair have played 24 ODIs together for India. In those matches, they have together picked up 118 wickets with an average of 25.67, which is a stellar record.
“If you don’t take wickets in the first ten overs, don’t take wickets in the middle overs and you only control, a lot of runs are conceded at the end. Because of that, you had started playing them in the middle so that they take wickets. They took 100 wickets in 25 matches and the economy was also good – 5.5 to 6,” explained Chopra.