India will be unbeatable if Kuldeep, Chahal continue their form: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgOne could laud the selectors for dialling trickery over the orthodox or just attribute the selection to an enforced change, as a lesson from the Champions trophy. Irrespective of who steals the credit lines for their selection, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal deserve all the accolades for rejuvenating India’s bowling resources in one day cricket.India’s stocks in white ball cricket rose sharply, once both the wrist spinners began picking wickets consistently in the middle overs through the last home season. But what has come as a surprise is their domination in South Africa on surfaces more conducive to seam.The duo of Chahal and Kuldeep have snatched 30 of the 43 South African wickets to fall in the series; incredibly 70 per cent of the spoils in five matches so far.”They have been brilliant. And they have not taken wickets on turners but on good wickets. It’s a good thing for both of them. If they keep picking wickets like this than no one will be able to defeat India anywhere,” former skipper Sourav Ganguly told India Today.The spin twins have picked up 30 wickets so far in the series. This is the most by India’s spinners in a bilateral series. The previous highest was 27 against England at home in 2006. The only time India’s spinners took more than 30 wickets in a tournament was in the 2011 World Cup, where they picked up 34 wickets.Kuldeep is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 wickets while Chahal is a close second with 14. India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Yuzvendra Chahal has 14 wickets in the series (BCCI Photo)While it has been an outstanding start for the wrist spinners in lead-up to the other overseas challenges that await India with tours to England, Australia, New Zealand before the World Cup, Ganguly expects greater resistance from other opponents.advertisement”I was watching the other day and Kuldeep himself looked surprised at how some of the South African batsmen fell. So there will be other teams who will play them better than this. But they will always be a threat,” he said.Ganguly as a captain often played one of the two spin options he had in Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in overseas conditions. But the one day game has advanced rapidly in the past five years and wrist spinners and mystery spinners have sidelined the conventional finger spinners.Weighing in on this wrist spin vs finger spin argument, Ganguly said it eventually came down to quality.”Wrist spinners have always been a threat. You look at Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Or a Muralitharan who always troubled batsmen, a Graeme Swann who was an off spinner but not a finger spinner, a different kind of off spinner. So this will be a factor. But like we discussed, it’s about quality which Kuldeep and Chahal have,” he opined.Back home, Ravichandran Ashwin has begun working on developing leg spin to add to his repertoire. Ravindra Jadeja has spoken about being upbeat on being promised batting opportunities higher up the order in the upcoming IPL.Ganguly did not mince words to say that both Ashwin and Jadeja would be under pressure to regain their spots in India’s limited-overs squads.”There will be pressure on Ashwin and Jadeja. Because with their performances (Kuldeep and Chahal) you haven’t just beaten the opposition but outplayed them. If you dominate this way, it will create pressure on the others. Ashwin does have a very good record at home. So we will wait and see,” he said.last_img

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