Chawla backs Kuldeep, Chahal for World Cup

Piyush Chawla, the 2011 World Cup winner, feels Kuldeep is fearless and that will hold him in good stead in the big ticket event.

India chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav at a training session with the Kolkata Knight Riders.   -  FILE PHOTO/ K.R. DEEPAK


Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, a 2011 World Cup winner, feels the presence of two wrist spinners — Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal — in the squad will help India in the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

Chawla backed his fellow Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata Knight Riders chinaman spinner Kuldeep and leg-spinner Chahal for their wicket-taking ability. “The way Kuldeep has bowled in the last couple of months, he is doing really well. Even Chahal has done well in Australia. It's always an advantage for the team when you have two wrist spinners and both are wicket-taking bowlers,” said Chawla during an interaction here on Monday.

“Kuldeep is not afraid to get hit, which is the most important thing for any spinner... He is a skilful bowler. You need to make that skill stronger and he is working on that,” added Chawla, who knows a bit about Kuldeep's trade and has guided him at times.

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About the scenario of the pitches in England assisting the batsmen, Chawla said, "For finger spinners, it's still difficult but for wrist spinners it shouldn't be so difficult even on belters.”

IPL and workload

Chawla said the Indian Premier League (IPL) would help players like Kuldeep prepare for the World Cup. “IPL is as good as international cricket. I see this as a very good preparatory thing. I know both World Cup and IPL are different formats but even in 20 overs you need a lot of skills if you want to fox the batsman.

“There is workload on everyone but somehow you have to manage things on your own. The players know when to play and when to take a break.”

Late inclusions

About the KKR spin department, which has four wrist spinners following the inclusion of K.C. Cariappa in place of pacer Shivam Mavi, Chawla said, “We have got one of the best spin bowling combinations. Cariappa has bowled well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali (Trophy). We welcomed him on the basis of that performance. He is a much improved bowler now.”

On the possibility of KKR missing the Eden Gardens in some home matches, Chawla said, "If you ask me about the pitch, not really. We have enough skill in our armoury to conquer any pitch.”

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