Should India play Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav: Veteran Indian off-spinner recently discussed India spin-bowling options.
Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the Indian team should continue to play its wrist-spinner duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Speaking in an interview with AFP, Harbhajan said that the duo deserves “a lot of credit” for India’s success lately.
“It is a very good combination. The results that India have got in the last two-and-a-half years, a lot of credit should be given to these guys,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying.
Harbhajan also expressed his desire of Indian team exploiting other teams’ weakness of not playing spin bowlers of this level on a regular basis. “I would like to see them playing together, because none of the other teams have got two spinners and they don’t have the habit of playing spin in the middle overs,” Harbhajan said.
Should India play Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav play together?
An injury to fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar might force the team management to play all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in place of either one out of Chahal and Yadav. While the move will be made to strengthen the batting order, Harbhajan insisted on persisting with the wrist-spinners.
“It has worked for India to play two spinners, even in English conditions, because they are wrist spinners. If India are thinking about their best XI then these two will feature in all the games,” Harbhajan mentioned.
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Kuldeep Yadav, who has picked three wickets at an average of 44.33 and a strike rate of 56, is slowly coming out of his lean patch in the Indian Premier League. Speaking particularly about Yadav, Harbhajan opined that he will be there for “a long period of time”.
“He [Kuldeep Yadav] has definitely got the capabilities and the talent to be there for a long period of time. Ravi Shastri [India coach] said he is our number one bowler. So it’s good that the team is backing him,” Harbhajan concluded.