The Indians will be in the advantageous position if they keep on playing the spin duo Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav opined former South African bowler Paul Adams. Adams said that India is in a unique position with spin duo when limited overs/T20 format is taken into consideration. This pair succeeded to take 33 wickets and play a crucial role in the team’s maiden bilateral series victory on the South African soil.Speaking to the press about this, Adams said, “If you look at the way cricket has gone in recent times, it has become more in favor of batsmen. So it is great for India that they are able to include both in the same playing eleven,”
“Yes, they are wrist spinners but they are different. They can take the ball away from batsmen. With different angles and different deliveries, they are very potent.”
Adams became popular for his action in the mid -90s.
“India are eager to use both together and their team balance even allows for it. Not a lot of teams can do that – include two spinners in the same ODI eleven, let alone two wrist spinners.
“South Africa usually don’t use two spinners in ODIs or T20Is. At Johannesburg ODI, they didn’t have a single spinner on a good batting surface. Yet, India was able to play both. It is definitely a unique position to be in.”
Chahal and Yuzwendra Yadav made their best to cement their position in the team since few months, from August previous year. These spin twins are expected to be the main weapons for the team in the upcoming World cup 2019. This is the part of the strategy by team India to exclude Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the limited overs format. Adams felt that this pair has more advantages than their forerunners regarding the bowling actions like googlies.
Adams said that their secret of success is delivering the balls at a slower pace. He commented that “Their success is down to slow pace. Yes, they haven’t played in South Africa before but they saw the pitches here and knew that they had to bowl at a slower pace.
“They were put under pressure in only one match but it was down to conditions. The pitch was good for batting and they were attacked. But leave that game aside, they have been nearly unplayable,”
“Chahal has a lot of consistency. He gives a lot of rotation to the ball, which is good. Yadav’s googly is very bothersome for the batsmen and not easy to read.
“The other thing that has worked from them is that they can take the ball away from batsmen. Irrespective of who bowls it, pacers or spinners, the ball going away has always been a wicket-taker in cricket.
“Someone like Ashwin has a lot of variations and I hear he is even developing some traits of leg spin. But these wrist spinners can move the ball naturally in both directions and that is more potent,”
Being a wrist-spinner, Adams explained that the South Africa tour will benefit the spin duo. Specifying about the actions of each spinner, Adams said, “When I said that Chahal gives good rotation on the ball, it implies that he controls the ball well. He has more consistency in his line and length, which makes it difficult to score off him. Yadav is more prone to spray the ball.
“IPL does provide different challenges and settings. Chahal and Yadav are used to bowling in difficult situations and so learn to develop their skills like how to beat batsmen in flight, or trajectory, or change of pace.
“To a degree, the IPL is helpful for batsmen as well but on those pitches, you cannot learn how to play spin. You can only hit it.”
Adams said that he is not worried about the struggle of South Africa bowlers to tackle the spin duo. He added IPL exposure will be more helpful for the players to improve their performance. Speaking about the struggle of the Safaris against the spin duo, this former wrist spinner said,
“Not playing spin is not the problem. Staying at the wicket is the problem. That’s what we saw in the ODI series.
“When they didn’t have to stay at the wicket, they could attack spin. In other matches, they were not able to do that because they needed to build the innings over 50 overs.”
Some of South Africa’s better batsmen were able to do it as the series progressed.
“But I don’t think there is a huge worry at the moment about this. Players don’t arrive at the international level as finished products. The best players learn on the job. A-tours to the subcontinent or even other conditions are beneficial.
“Young batsmen need to soak that experience in and work with that knowledge. After that, junior-level coaches will have a great responsibility in preparing the next generation of batsmen.” He concluded.