While the Proteas batsman who are not used to playing spin on the rough South African patches are finding it hard to play turn, Indian batsmen play the duo in the nets every day and have accustomed themselves to the spin very well. Two wrist-spinners working in tandem to wreak the home team - and not just any home team but South Africa in South Africa - is an unheard of, unseen event.
Heaping praise on the wrist spinners, Arun said that the two clearly understand their roles.
The wrist-spinner duo of Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has proved fatal for batsmen in the recent times.
While the South Africans still seem far from finding a solution to Kuldeep and Chahal, the manner of their success has even raised questions on whether they might be ready for Test cricket. Elaborating on just what is working for Chahal and Yadav here, Kohli said the conditions have been almost flawless for the duo.
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Massot added: "Especially for me, at my first Olympics, it is good to have that first experience before the real competition". Chan said his 10:48 am start time in Pyeongchang meant he had to be up at 5:15 for practice.
It leaves India the job of winning only one of the remaining three matches to clinch their first ODI series in the rainbow nation. They ran through the South African top and middle order picking eight wickets between them. Chahal, on the other hand, is yet to get a call-up in the five-dayers. Meanwhile, Kuldeep packed skipper Markram and explosive batsmen David Miller along with Rabada, in the end, to stop the Proteas on a spectacularly low total of 118. These two bowlers showed a lot of promise and we thought that in these conditions wrist spinners would do a lot more than the finger spinners. Especially the overseas players... Both have looked for wickets and got them by beating batsmen in the air and with guile, rather than by strangling them and using the limit on the number of overs to create scoreboard pressure and draw rash shots. "That's why they are effective". And let us face it, Virat Kohli was wrong to have asked Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss.
Kohli said the brief for Chahal and Yadav is quite simple, go for wickets and not worry about the runs. They will aim to continue their brilliant run in the series when they take the field in the third ODI in Cape Town.
Chahal and Kuldeep have so far accounted for 21 wickets between them at an average of 9.05, in the three matches so far, prompting Kohli to admit that the duo are gradually making a strong case to feature in the five-day format. "I won't say it's the lack of patience, for when you are playing the ODIs you have to score runs (quickly)". Here they felt even better because they were getting bounce on some pitches. "They might go for six an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them". If you have doubts in your mind, then that reflects on your batting. "They could still be (included)".