South Africa will take time to get used to Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav’s variations: Dale Benkenstein
South African batting coach Dale Benkenstein on Sunday conceded that their batsmen have been unable to learn Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the course of the ongoing ODI sequence as it’s taking time to get adjusted to their change-ups. India took a 2-Zero lead within the sequence with their complete win on Sunday, as Chahal took a career-best 5 for 22 and bowled out South Africa for the bottom whole on dwelling soil.
“The tough thing is you are playing against two wrist spinners, and not a lot of players have played against. It does take time to get used to their change-ups and their variations,” Benkenstein sounded helpless. “Their spinners are superb, clearly. Earlier, Anil Kumble was the one who may actually spin the ball away from the bat. He bowled fairly fast and the ball would come on to
the bat. But these guys (Chahal and Yadav) are rather a lot slower.
“We’ve had a great take a look at them within the two video games (to this point) and I’m certain our performances will enhance because the sequence goes on,” he stated.
The Proteas have gotten two wrist spinners to create match simulation however consolation going through them received’t occur in a single day.
“The guys were in the nets and we’ve got two wrist spinners, so they were practising against them. But things don’t turn around overnight. So, there isn’t much time to practice but I don’t think today we got out to the spinners bowling us out. I think we had some soft dismissals there.”
Benkenstein stated that the gradual tempo of the Indian spinners made all of the distinction.
“The challenge lies in the fact that they bowl very slow. Our spinners bowl very fast. Even on domestic wickets, we bowl pretty quick and it’s so much easier to get runs (when that’s the case). To be fair, in South Africa we don’t get a lot of spin. So, this is obviously an issue.”
“I’m actually pretty amazed by how slow they can actually bowl. And obviously if you’re a wrist spinner and you bowl slow, then it turns on any surface. But I think because of the slowness, there are also scoring opportunities. I would rather that we look at that than just plodding around,” he added.
Benkenstein stated that absence of skilled stalwarts like AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis is an enormous miss for them.
“It obviously is tough to not have them (De Villiers and Du Plessis). We are playing against a very, very strong team and we would have ideally wanted to be at full strength. We have got in the back of our minds as well as our eyes are on the World Cup. We want to win the series but we do see this as a great opportunity to get some game time on to our next best players,” Benkenstein reasoned.
“Also, even though AB and Faf aren’t playing, there are some very senior players that are still playing. And it’s a great opportunity for them to put their hands up and start winning some games,” Benkenstein added.