Chahal: ‘Kuldeep getting back in form is good for India’

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep returned a three-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the final warm-up game for India at the World Cup.

Yuzvendra Chahal says varying the pace and understanding a batsman's mindset will help him do well at the World Cup.   -  AFP


Immensely relieved to see Kuldeep Yadav regaining some form before World Cup, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal says it is certainly good news for India, which is set to open its campaign against South Africa on June 5.

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep returned a three-wicket haul against Bangladesh, foxing the ‘Tigers’ on numerous occasions.

It would have come as a relief after a depressing IPL, where he struggled to get wickets and was also dropped by his side.

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“I am so happy the way Kuldeep made a comeback and showed the confidence. It is good for the team ahead of the World Cup,” said Chahal after India’s 95-run victory.

“We trust each other. We know each other for last 7-8 years and we have a good bonding on and off the field. If I bowl first then I talk to him about how the wicket is behaving and he talks to me if he is bowling first.

“Before a match we always plan, like if can can bowl more googlies or sliders to a particular batsmen.”

It is a well-known fact that wrist spinners possess more variations compared to finger spinners. “So, if we have 3-4 variations then batsmen have to think which ball is coming,” said Chahal, who is a part of the pool of wrist spinners tipped to play a pivotal role in the World Cup.

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Talking about his performance against Bangladesh, the 28-year-old, who also took three wickets, said, “I tried to vary my pace especially in a small ground like this. In such grounds, you need to understand what the batsmen is going to do, you might go for a six or a four but how you come back — that is important for me.”

“I got to bowl 10 overs. The wicket was not easy for the bowlers and the batsmen were attacking. So me, Kuldeep (Yadav) and Jaddu pa (Ravindra Jadeja) tried to vary the pace.”

India amassed 359 for seven against Bangladesh with K.L. Rahul and MS Dhoni blasting individual hundreds. Chahal said the big total took pressure off the spinners as they could flight the ball more.

“Before the World Cup starts if the batsmen give you a big total, obviously, it is a good chance for the bowlers. 350 is very difficult to chase, so you can flight the ball,” he said.

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“When you are defending such a total, there is no pressure on the bowlers to start with. There is more pressure on the batsmen because they have to chase 360-370 and they have to hit almost every ball.”

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