India vs Australia 2019: Matthew Hayden Feels Warne Like Drift Makes Kuldeep Yadav Special
Former Australian great Matthew Hayden feels that “Shane Warne lie drift” in the air makes Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler from India a more potent threat than right arm leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Matthew Hayden said that more wrist spinners in India are becoming more potent in the shorter formats especially due to the lack of courage offered by the finger spinners.
In the last year or so Kuldeep and Chahal have combined together to dismiss several star-studded opposition batters. Matthew Hayden feels leg spinners provide more variety and options to the captain. “Leg spinners provide option and variety. In particular, if you look at Kuldeep, his strength is not how far he turns the ball but his strength is how the ball just like Shane Warne’s deliveries arrives at the batsman. It has a distinct curve in the air,” Hayden was quoted as saying by PTI during an interview.
Matthew Hayden who tormented several bowling attacks during his heydays feels that the threat of Chahal can be negotiated. Hayden was one of the finest batsmen against spin. The southpaw was immensely successful against Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble when they were at their peak. During the infamous series in 2001, Hayden played the sweep shot to perfection and was the leading run-getter for Australia in the series.
Matthew Hayden speaks highly on Kuldeep Yadav
“Chahal is a different bowler. He is very stump-to-stump. He bowls much flatter and straighter. He doesn’t get the drift. If I was a player, I would prefer facing Chahal because he doesn’t get the drift,” said Hayden. The southpaw was a prolific run scorer for his country during his hey days. He is also regarded as one of the finest openers Australia has ever produced. In the modern generation, the finger spinners are not in the trend that much especially in the shorter format of the game.
“What has happened is that off-spinners have learnt the art to contain batsmen, which had kept them in play for a certain period of time.
“But now, the players have got used to the flatter trajectory of the off-spinners. Off-spinners have lost the art of being able to get the pace to drop (vary pace),” said Hayden. He further gave the example of Nathan Lyon’s approach in the 2nd ODI. In the first few overs he bowled at a faster pace but suddenly he became more lethal when he started bowling at 80 km/hr.
“During his second spell, the speed was like 80-82 kmph compared to 90-92 kmph in the first spell. So that’s a clear drop of 10kmph. All of a sudden, he looked unplayable.”
There is no doubt in his mind that the bowlers have to show guts to make a move like that in limited-overs cricket.
“They have this courage issue where they don’t want to give away runs. In Tests, they become wicket-takers compared to being run-savers. That’s the difference.”
Meanwhile, Australia kept their hopes in the 5 match ODI series against India alive after registering their record run chase in ODI’s. It was a match-winning knock of 84 of 45 deliveries by Ashton Turner which helped Australia chase down the target of 359 with 2.1 overs to spare.
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