As much as the Indian batting lineup has been hailed as the reason behind the team’s amazing success in ODI cricket for the last two years with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan blazing through opposition bowling lineup, the rise of the spin twins in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has to be given some credit as well.
The two wrist spinners were called “two pillars” of the team’s bowling attack by skipper Virat Kohli for the ICC World Cup 2019 and the duo has won them matches in places like Australia, South Africa, and England and the batsmen are still finding it difficult to read them whether in the air or off the pitch. This idea of calling the leg spinner Chahal a pillar of Indian bowling unit found support from former Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.
Yuzvendra Chahal captured everyone’s imagination in 2016 when he picked six wickets in a T20I game against England and since then has formed a killer bowling partnership with Kuldeep Yadav and under the guidance from MS Dhoni from behind the stumps, the duo has bamboozled the opposition batsmen on every kind of surface.
Chahal has the potential to be the bowler of the tournament
Misbah was having a video conversation and during the same, he stated that it was going to be a tough call to name which bowler may be the best in the ICC World Cup 2019, but Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and India’s Yuzvendra Chahal had the potential to be called the same. For the best batsman of the World Cup 2019, he mentioned England opener Jason Roy’s name.
Chahal has picked 72 wickets in 41 ODI matches with best figures of 6/42 at an economy of 4.89. In India’s warm-up game against Bangladesh at Cardiff, Chahal had a good day at the office, picking up 3/55 in his spell of bowling and will be looking forward to India’s opening game against South Africa on June 5.
Speaking of South Africa, they were handed a big 104-run loss by England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30, as Ben Stokes had a great all-around day in the field as he made 89 runs with the bat, took two wickets and two catches, one of which was a one-handed attempt at the boundary and can well be a contender for the catch of the tournament.