Virat Kohli praises Kuldeep and Chahal; says can be X-factors in the 2019 World Cup
Time and again Indian skipper Virat Kohli has praised the exceptional the duo, spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, especially during the ongoing South Africa series. Proving that they are worth the praises, the duo once again made mincemeat of the South Africans, picking up eight wickets between them, as India marched to a 3-0 lead in the series with a 124-run win on Wednesday, February 7.
With 21 wickets in 28 matches, at an average of 9.05 and a combined economy of 3.63, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have brought back the sensational spin power India had back in the day when Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble wore the blue jersey.
Kohli also spoke about how these spinners are going to prove massive X-factors in the upcoming world cup. Kuldeep and Chahal are asked to go for wickets at all times and Kohli said he isn’t worried about them leaking runs, “The thing is very simple. They are told to go for wickets at all times. When you are going for wickets you are bowling in areas that are uncomfortable for the batsmen and more often than not they end up defending. When you bowl wide and try to save runs then you give an opportunity to take singles also. They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game. But there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking two-three wickets every game. We are going to play the World Cup away from home, that I think is going to be the massive x-factor for us.” Kohli is preparing for his first world cup as a captain.
"I don't have words to explain this. Credit to them. Both have been working hard on their game. Both are very brave in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well. They are very brave tossing the ball and asking the batsman to come out and play a risky shot. Hats off to them but the other debate is a bit away from now. You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment. Those are things that are quite a bit away from now," Kohli said when asked about the Test chances of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, especially away from home. He further added, "Look they are obviously making a very strong case for themselves, bowling in these conditions and making breakthroughs like we haven't seen before. It's outstanding to see two guys just totally spinning a web around the opposition. There doesn't seem to be a way out at all. It's unbelievable. Taking eight wickets today. Outstanding. ”