The Indian wrist spinners have had a huge impact in the ongoing ODI series against the South African batsmen which had helped the tourists to take a hefty lead of 3-1 in the six-match series.
However, the South African batsmen finally found a way out to tackle them in the fourth ODI which they eventually went on to win by five wickets via D/L method.
The reason behind the Proteas batsmen finally finding out a way to tackle the Indian wrist spinner is an Indian spinner. South Africa’s management called up an Indian origin spinner before the fourth ODI in Johannesburg to bowl at the batsmen in the nets.
Ajay Rajput, who played just one Ranji Trophy for Madhya Pradesh in the 2013-14 season and picked up only one wicket in that match was called to bowl in the South African nets ahead of the Pink Day ODI.
Ajay was reported for a suspect action after the match and never represented the stateside. The right-arm off-spinner who can also bowl leg spin shifted to South Africa and seemed to be enjoying his cricket in the Rainbow nation.
Ajay is currently playing in the Johannesburg Premier league and is the highest wicket-taker among the spinners having claimed over 400 wickets already.
On his call-up to bowl in the nets, Rajput said,
“I was given a call by the Johannesburg Cricket Club chairman to come and bowl at South African batsman,”
“The South Africans feel Chahal and Kuldeep are bowling slower through the air, allowing the ball to drift and turn. So, I was asked to flight the ball and bowl as slow as possible to get familiar with the turn. The difference between here and India is the bounce.I used to get turn even back home, but here I get that extra bounce, which just makes matter more difficult for batsmen.”
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