The Indian spinners have dominated the South African batsmen in the ODI series so far, as Yadav and Chahal have spun a web around the batsmen.
The South Africans do not know what hit them, as they have been made to look like amateurs on their own turf.
Chahal and Yadav have picked up 21 out of the 30 wickets so far, as the pair have taken their rich vein of form in to South Africa.
The pair first came into prominence in the latter half of last year, as Yadav and Chahal forged a wonderful partnership and ripped up the likes of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home.
Their value lies in the fact that they provide a wicket taking option to Kohli in the middle overs of the match. While most teams allow the game to drift during this stage of the match, Yadav and Chahal’s ability to take wickets make them invaluable to the Indian side.
And they also have the incomparable MS Dhoni on their side, guiding them through out their bowling spells. Mahi can be clearly heard on the stump-mic, as the wicket-keeper is constantly chatting with his bowlers.
Both spinners have attributed their success to the former Indian skipper, as they realize how Dhoni makes their work so much easier.
“From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us,” said Chahal.
Yadav also paid tribute to the wicket-keeper’s role in his success.
“The wind was good and the ball was drifting so I was confused what to bowl, and which variation to use. So I was asking Mahi bhai (Dhoni) and he told me ‘bowl as you are bowling’. It is good that he keeps advising from behind the wickets, it gets easier.”
“As a spinner, he [Dhoni] does 50 per cent of your work because he has played so much cricket; he reads the batsmen easily.”
And now we hear that Dhoni is working on a special plan with the two spinners.
As per reports, Dhoni has been seen practicing in the nets with the spinners, and has been collecting a lot of slower deliveries down the leg side, and then flicking the bails off in an instant.
With the South Africans now looking to attack their way out of trouble, the chances of stumping them out also increases.
Let’s see if this plan works out in the 4th ODI.