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England former left-arm orthodox spinner stressed that if leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and his bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav failed to deliver, things could get haywire for the Team India. In the match number 38th of the ICC World Cup between England and India, the duo conceded 160 runs in 20 overs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 30 (Sunday).
To talk about Chahal alone, he conceded 88 runs to bag an unwanted record. He conceded 88 runs which is most by an India bowler at the World Cup event. On the other hand, Kuldeep gave away 72 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Panesar made it clear that if the prominent spin duo won’t be able to reap the rewards in tandem India would find it difficult to go deeper in the tournament.
In their seventh match of the league stage, Team India spinners leaked runs which further eased up things for English batsmen like Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.
Monty Panesar on Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal:
The English opening pair recorded a 160-run partnership in 22.1 overs which further saw Ben Stokes’ late carnage helping them to post 338 for seven on board in 50 overs. However, Mohammad Shami, who bagged a five-wicket haul, also went for plenty at the fag end of innings.
After witnessing the worst figures from Chahal and rare off day of Kuldeep, Panesar added they’ll have their bad day or so in the time to come.
“I guess, they are going to have a bad day at some point in time. It shows when both don’t bowl well in tandem then India can’t go the distance,” Panesar told PTI during an interview.
The 37-year-old Luton-born Panesar asserted that one of their premium spinners have to deliver regularly. He added if both would be able to continue their domination, it would be great for the Men in Blue. Panesar has featured in 50 Tests to snare 167 scalps for the Three Lions.
“For India to do well, it is crucial that at least one of the two spinners perform in all the games. If both do well, it’s great but today was a great example when England batsmen got on top of them from the start,” Panesar added.
Bairstow-Roy show in Edgbaston:
Besides, Panesar maintained English openers have played an aggressive brand of cricket which mount pressure, particularly on the slow bowlers.
“Bairstow and Roy were fearless. They took nice big strides, had a strong base (balance) and anything flighted, they just went at it. They weren’t scared of the flight and took the aerial route,” added Panesar.
Bairstow slammed fine 111 off 109 balls, and Roy managed 57-ball 66 to provide a resounding start to his team.
Panesar also believes that shorter boundaries have played its part.
India will now face Bangladesh at Edgbaston on July 2.