Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed opportunities given to them, says MSK Prasad
The on-going ODI sequence between India and South Africa have as soon as once more sprung up the fortunes of wristspinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The duo have impressed with their wickettaking type within the three ODIs thus far and have grown as match winners for his or her facet. While Chahal has taken 11 wickets within the sequence thus far, his counterpart has taken 10 as India have taken a 3-Zero lead within the 6-match ODI sequence.
Speaking on their choice over Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, BCCI Chief selector MSK Prasad stated that the choice was earlier questioned by the individuals however the two proved themselves. “When they (Chahal and Yadav) were picked, it led to criticisms but with all due respect to everyone, we wanted to bring in variety in the spin bowling department. We wanted to increase the pool of spinners, as in the base, like we have done with the batting and seam bowling department. It is a process and they are doing well with every game against all teams. I am glad that it paid off and I am looking forward to seeing them perform consistently against the best sides,” Prasad stated in an interview to the journal Sportstar.
On being questioned whether or not Ashwin and Jadeja will get an opportunity to return to limited-overs format, the 42-year outdated stated that it will likely be determined sooner or later. “There is always a chance. As I said, we wanted to have a base of spinners and in the process, we gave opportunities to Kuldeep and Chahal, which they grabbed. Right now, it makes sense to continue with them for sometime and then analyse the future,” he stated.
The former wicketkeeper additional stated that despite dropping the Test sequence by 2-1, India confirmed their class within the format with the bowlers taking 60 wickets. “We took 60 wickets in three Tests, which shows the strength of our bowling. The way the boys came strong in the third Test proves their hard work. The nerves of steel on those wickets will go down as one of the best victories in the Indian cricket history, it is going to set the tone for the future generation,” he stated.
Prasad additionally went on to reward India’s U-19 World Cup successful squad. “Being undefeated throughout is a huge thing. They started their campaign against Australia and maintained the tempo. I also want to congratulate Venkatesh Prasad (Chairman, Junior Selection Committee). It is not easy to spot talents and put them together to win a World Cup. The four World Cup wins also shows the strength of our junior cricket and the investment BCCI does; right from U-16 to U-19,” he stated.
India will play the fourth ODI towards South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. If India handle to win the match, then they are going to register their first sequence win within the nation.