Both Chahal and Kuldeep are important members of India's bowling line up Image: AFP
India beat South Africa in the first ODI at Kingsmead, Durban. And everyone's busy giving credit to Virat Kohli, who helped his team chase 270 after scoring his first ODI century in South Africa. But Sachin Tendulkar wants to be fair to wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal also. Their outstanding bowling restricted the Proteas to 269 in the first innings.
So after India clinched the first ODI, Sachin took to Twitter to imply that Chahal-Yadav are as important as Kohli-Rahane.
Two great partnerships to take India to victory. First, @imkuldeep18 along with @yuzi_chahal and then @imVkohli with @ajinkyarahane88. Great work, boys. Keep up the momentum, #TeamIndia. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/tQnfETAuco— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 2, 2018
Both Chahal and Yadav are slowly forming the core of India's bowling unit. Captain Kohli also praised the duo after the match, saying, "And the two wrist-spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal), outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They're playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that's why they got wickets. As a captain, it's outstanding when you have two guys who know what they want to do."
Both Chahal and Yadav picked five wickets from 20 overs between the two. They picked crucial wickets, without which India's run chase would have only been tougher. Thankfully someone looked beyond Virat Kohli.