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South Africa vs India 2018: 5 reasons why playing both Kuldeep and Chahal will turn out to be a master stroke

By the time the South African batsmen would start picking the Indian spin twins, the series would be done and dusted.

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Top 5 / Top 10 03 Feb 2018, 09:58 IST
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have given the South African team a headache that is likely to last throughout the series.
Chahal and Kuldeep have given the South African team a headache that is likely to last throughout the series

Who would have imagined that just after the Test series, in which the pacers hogged all the limelight, the ODI leg would bring in such a twist and that the spinners, who had a minimal role to play a few weeks ago, would decide the fate of the matches? But this is what makes cricket so interesting, isn't it?

Two young spinners have given the South African team a headache that is likely to last throughout the series. If South Africa do not put their act together quickly enough, by the time they would start picking the Indian spin twins, the series would already be gone. This article presents 5 such reasons why playing both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will turn out to be a master stroke for India in the 6-match ODI series.


#1 Wily variations

not afraid of tossing the ball up
The spin duo is not afraid of tossing the ball up

The newfound spin twins of India have a lot of tricks up their sleeve. Both of them have deceptive googlies, but it is their variation in pace and flight which makes them lethal. Chahal and Kuldeep are also not afraid of tossing the ball up every now and then to invite the batsmen to play their shots. In the process, they literally scalp their wickets.

The South African squad has a considerable number of inexperienced players. It would be hard for the likes of Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo and Khaya Zondo- he may make his ODI debut in this series- to pick the Indian wrist spinners. Even the relatively experienced JP Duminy failed to pick a googly from Kuldeep in Durban and lost his wicket as a result.

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