Chahal and Yadav are the deadly spin duo India were eagerly waiting for Image: AFP
India have finally found able successors to Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin. And the best thing about them is that they're least dependent on playing conditions. Meet Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who are busy wreaking havoc in South Africa.
According to Team India skipper Virat Kohli, Chahal and Yadav can extract turn from any surface. "The pitch was harder than Durban and the spinners used it. We knew we won't get grass on the pitch because when it's seaming, it can be anyone's game. We knew the wickets would be hard and dry and knew our wrist spinners can get it to turn anywhere. They just didn't give South Africa any chance," said Kohli at the post-match presentation.
The Centurion pitch offered ample assistance to Chahal and Yadav as India dismissed South Africa for 118, their lowest total at home. Chahal ended up with a career-best five for 22. The visitors eventually cantered to a nine-wicket win in the second ODI to go 2-0 up in the six-match series.
The Indian captain had no hesitation in opting to chase. "If we set up to chase down totals, we know exactly what we want to do. Rohit and Shikhar's intent at the top is crucial. They started off well in the last game too. We back guys to play positive cricket. It's (2-0) a wonderful position to be in. We know their middle-order was inexperienced, and we wanted to to cash in on that."
(With inputs from PTI)