Team India's newfound likeness towards leg spinners to influence outcomes of a contest is proving great with Kuldeep and Chahal stepping up to the task.
At least one leg-spinner has featured in the team line-up since India’s forgettable loss to Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final.
From the Caribbean tour to the home series against Australia, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India’s first-choice spin attack in limited-overs cricket. And the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka proves why the leg-gies are so important in the game.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, the men in blue put up a clinical performance spearheaded by Rohit Sharma. The victory in the final game ensured that India ended 2017 without a single ODI series loss in bilateral contests. India sealed the series 2-1 after an unexpected slump in the 1st ODI.
India thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final game of the series riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s flamboyant 12th O.D.I. Ton after a great show by the leg spinners who restricted Sri Lanka to a modest 215 from their quota of 50 overs.
Dhawan’s brilliant run with bat earned him the man of the series title. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav bagged the man of the match award for his magical spell of 3 for 42.
Ashwin-Jadeja duo was warming the bench in Sri Lanka in August-September. And since then, are out of to the team combination. Their exclusion from the Indian squad for New Zealand in a three-O.D.I. Series in October solidifies the fact that India has found a new liking towards the wrist spinners.
In their absence, meanwhile, Yadav and Chahal have routed both Sri Lanka and Australia with their confounding, dissimilar leg-spin styles. Yadav contributing 10 wickets in six matches and Chahal’s 11 from 8 till the Australian series is surely a good sign.
And even in the ODI home series, the leg-spin duo light up the final witch 3 wickets each.
Adventurism in approach is the definition of a leg-spinner, and the Yadav-Chahal pairing has introduced freshness to the Indian attack. The challenge will lie in assimilating experience as they face different opponents.
— Comparedada (@comparedada) December 18, 2017