World Cup: India to serve piping hot KulCha in England

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, popular among fans as KulCha, shared six wickets between them to cripple the Bangladesh middle-order in a mammoth 360-run chase in a World Cup warm-up match.

Kuldeep and Chahal have played 28 matches together since their ODI debuts, snapping up 103 wickets at a combined economy rate of 5.   -  AFP

Kuldeep Yadav (3/47 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/55 in 10 overs) were on song as India beat Bangladesh by 95 runs in the second warm-up match at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.

The spin duo, popular among fans as KulCha, shared six wickets between them to cripple the Bangladesh middle-order in a mammoth 360-run chase. Kuldeep's form was a cause of concern for the Indian team management after the chinaman struggled to get wickets in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, who picked up just four wickets at an average of 71.50 and an economy of more than 8 runs per over, did not even feature in all the IPL matches. Meanwhile, Chahal, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, was better placed. He took 18 wickets at an average of 21.44 and economy rate of 7.82.

Kuldeep and Chahal have been a key part of the Indian team's plans after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan. Since this loss, wrist spin of Kuldeep and Chahal has become an integral part of the team's plans.

The two have played 28 matches together since their ODI debuts, snapping up 103 wickets at a combined economy rate of 5. Below is a detailed a breakdown of their exploits together.

Total number of wickets taken by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal together since their ODI debut:

 

Wkts

Best

Avg

RPO

4W

Kuldeep

60

6/25

19.98

4.95

5

Chahal

43

5/22

28.42

5.05

2

Total (28 matches)

103

6/25

23.50

5.00

7

 

Breakdown of India wins and losses in ODIS when the team has used Yadav and Chahal without a third spinner:

Wins – 7

Losses –5

Number of matches in which Yadav has taken more wickets than Chahal and vice versa:

When Kuldeep took more wickets than Chahal – 14 instances

When Chahal took more wickets than Kuldeep –   5 instances

When both took same number of wickets –           8 instances

(On one instance both did not bowl in a match)

*Stats by: Rajneesh Gupta