chahal: Kul-Cha under focus: The spin twins Kuldeep and Chahal will have important six months ahead of them


They were the toast of the nation going into the 2019 World Cup in England but in last four years, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have seen more downs than ups.

Kuldeep had a career-threatening knee surgery in 2021 while Chahal, has been repeatedly ignored for important T20 games and global meets. They would want to change their wheels of fortune.

However, with India’s ODI World Cup preparations starting with the three-match series against Australia, starting Friday, the famed ‘Kul-Cha’ would love to serve a platter of googlies, leg-breaks and flippers for their fans to savour.

Several members of the Indian cricket team including the stand-in captain Hardik Pandya on Wednesday began training at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday but all eyes were on the two wrist spinners as they need to battle it out with Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar, two multi-skilled cricketers, who are also part of this squad.

Both Kuldeep and Chahal, aren’t the most accomplished of batters, although the UP spinner has had some degree of success at the Test level.

However, both Washington and Jadeja come as a package but purely on tweaker’s skills, the two wrist spinners are ahead compared to finger spinners.

India’s regular captain Rohit Sharma will miss the first ODI in Mumbai due to family commitments and the stand-in captain for the match, Pandya, was among those who trained for more than two hours with the white ball.

Among the other players who were in attendance were fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur and among batters, Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan.



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