Indian cricket has added a couple of new pearls in their collection; Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The two spinners have set the tone of India's victory in recently concluded ODI series against South Africa.
Nothing can take away credit from Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, but the two young bowlers have done equally well in the short time together. If India was able to thrash the Proteas in their own backyard, the spinning duo are one of the major reasons for the success.
They have found new admirer from rival nation Pakistan. Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez said that their growth is tremendous for the game. “They (leg-spinners) are always fascinating. Starting from Abdul Qadir; he used to bowl his googlies. It was a new thing in cricket and everybody loved that,” Hafeez said in an interaction.
“Then it was Anil Kumble from India, Shane Warne from Australia and Mushtaq Ahmed from Pakistan performed splendidly. I think every team should have a leg-spinner because it gives you an X-Factor. Chahal, Kuldeep have done really well. Shadab Khan is fabulous but still has a lot to learn.”
Further, talking about the upcoming mega-tournament in 2019. Hafeez said that Pakistan has good chances in World Cup 2019. “We are shaping up well. Everybody is clear of their role. Our main goal is to win outside Asia. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do that.
“To be honest, we miss a few bowlers who got injured. Like Usman Khan who bowled well against Sri Lanka. But still we have done well. Mohammad Amir has been good. Hasan Ali has been great. Faheem Ashraf is learning quickly. We have that spark in the bowling. It’s all about momentum,” he added.
He also talked about the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and said it's now a brand recognized worldwide.
“There is no doubt that it (PSL) has become a brand now. People across the world love to watch the PSL. It has produced a lot of competitive cricket and I’m sure this year will be no less.”