Sunil Gavaskar –Cricket Pundit and former Indian skipper, on Wednesday, opined on South Africa’s struggle playing against wrist-spin in the ongoing One Day International series against India.
He criticised the failure of the South African batsmen to counter the two Indian wrist spinners and jokingly adviced them to participate in an Indian domestic 4-day competition named as Buchi Babu tournament.
In an analysis show on Sony Ten 1 television channel, Gavaskar said, “A lot of South African batsmen have paid the price for playing across the line. Not too many batsmen have tried to go down the pitch. Look, when you watch the hand, they [Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal] are not very difficult to pick. Maybe Kuldeep Yadav, when he bowls the wrong one, he is a little difficult to pick. But with Chahal, you can actually see the back of the hand.”
He further added, “So, what they need to really do in my view is their A team needs to come and play in the Buchi Babu and stay at the spin academy in Chennai and participate. Over there, they will get a much better idea of how to play spin. Even if they are playing against the A' team or some of the Indian junior team spinners, they will learn how to play spin like how Australia and New Zealand have done.”
Lauding Virat Kohli's match-winning weapons –Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for their match-winning efforts in the first three ODIs in South Africa, Gavaskar said, “They [Kuldeep and Chahal] have really been fantastic, they have been fantastic because of their willingness to toss the ball up.”
Gavaskar signed off by saying, “A lot of people would say they should bowl a bit faster but they vary their speed maybe. Because they have been able to vary their pace and toss it up, the South African batsmen haven't picked them and got themselves into trouble.”