Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar is of the opinion that the success of the wrist spinners will be key to India’s success in the future overseas tours. The wrist spinning duo has been lethal all through the series. They have bagged 33 out of the 51 wickets India has taken in the series.
“When it comes to batting, we speak about the number of runs scored but we are also winning matches because during those middle overs where the two wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) are bowling which is obviously heart-warming because one did not get to see wrist spinners much a few months back,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI.
They have been one of the main reasons behind India’s success in the series. Barring the top 3, the spinners have been quite phenomenal in the series. “I think they have been bowling well in tandem,” said the batting great, “I think it is fantastic because that is something which the rest of the world is yet to figure out how to play them. They (rival teams) are trying to figure out what are the right options to score runs against them. What is the right option to survive. What are the options to – how do we block and those kind of things. But before they figure out we should try and win as many matches, ”Tendulkar said.
Meanwhile, Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has said that the wrist spinners have been effective. However, he feels there success might be temporary. South Africa have “a whole year to deal with the stuff” feels Gibson. He further said that it won’t be spinning much in England. However, Tendulkar feels that Chahal and Kuldeep will be effective irrespective of the surface.
“I firmly believed that the wrist spinners can add lot of value as they are not dependant on the surface. It is about what you do in the air and you have varieties bowling leg-spinners as well as googlies. Of course, during our days, bowling doosras by off-spinners was common,” he said.
The Little Master feels that the wrist spinning duo will be crucial to India’s chances in the 2019 World Cup. “I think those two bowlers – Chahal and Kuldeep – are going to be key factors. In fact, when Kuldeep made his debut and bowled the first few deliveries in Dharamsala, I posted a message saying that he has got a bright future and that is something which can help us go and perform well abroad,” he said.