Chahal & Kuldeep: The match winning pair in shorter formats

Until last year, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the mainstream bowlers in all three formats of the game. They were the only spin bowlers, who had this huge responsibility of taking main spells in limited overs format. There is no denying both Ashwin and Jadeja are talented bowlers and their performances in Tests is hugely responsible for India’s dominance. Still the arrival of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has not only relieved the pressure off Ashwin and Jadeja, it has also provided better depth to the Indian spin bowling line-up. The recent performances of both Chahal and Yadav has earned them the permanent place in the limited overs format. These two have been so dominant that R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are no more part of the set-up in limited over formats, finding to dethrone them.

Variations and different abilities

While Chahal is mainstream leg break bowler, Yadav is left arm Chinaman spinner. Due to their different skills and abilities to pitch ball differently, they are surely a deadly combination for Indian team in the one days and T20I. Both of them are young and are constantly improving under the guidance of wicketkeeper MS Dhoni and Captain Virat Kohli. Both Chahal and Kuldeep have admitted they have learnt a lot about the game from former captain MS Dhoni. Be it strong opposition or a mediocre one, they haven’t let anyone breathe easily, striking when their captain needed the most and winning games in the process. Kuldeep Yadav is a big turner of the ball while his partner in crime Yuzvendra Chahal relies more on his line and length. The confidence which Virat Kohli has shown in them is reaping results but it would be an early call to label them as one of the best spinning pairs in modern day cricket.

Statistics and Figures

While Kuldeep Yadav this year became the first Indian spinner to claim hat-trick in one-day internationals, he has also taken his ODI wicket tally to 22. In T20I he has taken 12 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 18.50. Chahal too is as impressive as Kuldeep Yadav in both formats. He is the highest wicket taking bowler in T20 format this year. This year he has taken 23 wickets in T20I, surpassing Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Kesrick Williams of West Indies, who have taken 17 wickets apiece. The way these two have performed in 2017 is a testimony of better things to come for the Indian team when they play outside the sub-continent.

Promising Future

With Chahal and Kuldeep as mainstream bowlers in limited overs formats, Team India squad depth is at the best level. With mentors like Dhoni and Kohli, it is certain both Kuldeep and Chahal will adapt more and will surely become even better bowlers in the years to come. The management has invested in them and are ready to back them in chase of few failures. With age on their side, the duo has a promising future ahead.


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