Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Kohli calls Kuldeep, Chahal as `brave bowlers`

Kohli calls Kuldeep, Chahal as `brave bowlers`

While many believe that the future of India's off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in worldwide limited overs cricket is bleak, bowling coach Bharat Arun gave hopes to the "spin twins" stating that they are "not out of the race" despite wrist spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav calling the shots at the moment. "It's about doing a little bit more hard work and playing a positive game, and stop focusing on what's around you", said Morris. Like today, it got really slow at the end so they were getting turn as well.

Such has been the dominance of legspinner Chahal and chinaman Yadav that they have now taken 21 of the South African wickets in the three matches played so far. Both are very courageous in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well. "They could still be (included) into the team", he added. "They are courageous and even on flatter pitches, wrist spinners will also come into play", he said. "After this series we will assess their workload and take a call", he said. Heaping praise on the wrist spinners, Arun said that the two clearly understand their roles. They might go for 6 an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them. When you bowl wide and try to save runs then you give an opportunity to take singles also. They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game. But there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking wickets every game. "We are going to play the World Cup away from home, that I think is going to be the massive factor for us", he said. Of course, they run the risk of being stumped by MS Dhoni if they miss the ball, as Aiden Markram found out at Newlands, but it is better than clamping their feet to the crease. That's what it has come down to - we've not been good enough.

At the end of the third ODI, the two spinners left even captain Virat Kohli amazed by their effectiveness.

"I don't think there are any major plans with different techniques and different tactics against the spinners". "They haven't bowled the ball full enough for us to get to the ball, to hit the ball straight down the ground".

"We haven't picked the wrong 'uns and when you are not picking their wrong 'uns, you are not necessarily going to be comfortable at the crease". They have troubled the best batsmen in the business back home.

Chahal and Kuldeep are enjoying sucess after success in 50-over and 20-over formats at the worldwide level.

Barring Faf du Plessis (who played in a single game and made a fighting hundred), Hashim Amla (who never faced either Kuldeep or Chahal in this series) and Tabraiz Shamsi (who faced just a single ball in this series), all the other South African players (12 of them) have fallen at least once to either Chahal or Kuldeep in this series.

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