After the last year’s ODI World Cup, Team India don’t field wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal together in white-ball cricket.
Kuldeep and Chahal boast an impressive record while playing together in ODIs and T20Is. While the duo have claimed 65 wickets at an average of 22.73 in 34 ODIs, they have taken 22 wickets from 10 T20Is.
Sharing his two cents on India’s tactics, legendary captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday (February 11) stated that playing two spinners in the team weakens the batting and thus India usually opt for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in place of either Kuldeep or Chahal.
“Jadeja’s batting and fielding is so good that if sometimes he doesn’t succeed with the ball that goes unnoticed. That’s where he scores better than the other spinners,” Kapil told ABP News.
“If you play two specialist spinners then it weakens your batting a bit. Having said that, batting really shouldn’t be a problem for India but when need arises Jadeja can do the job with the bat and his form of late has been terrific,” he added.
In the ongoing tour of New Zealand, Kuldeep has appeared in just one match. He didn’t feature in the entire five-match T20I series and was named in the playing XI for first ODI in Hamilton. However, Kuldeep conceded 84 runs in his 10 overs and was subsequently axed from the team for the next two ODIs.
On the other hand, Chahal featured in all five T20Is and final two ODIs in the three-match series.