With Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal’s rise to the ODI setup, former Team India spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan thinks that it will now be very difficult for Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to make their comeback in the limited overs format.
India were convincing in their ODI and T20 series win over South Africa with spin being their biggest weapon. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked 33 from the possible 60 ODI wickets in the series and never allowed the home team to gain momentum in the middle overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja have a disadvantage against Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal
According to Sivaramakrishnan, finger spin of Ashwin and Jadeja has a distinct disadvantage against the wrist spinners Kuldeep and Chahal. Ashwin and Jadeja have failed to pick up key wickets for India in ODI and T20 format and have seen batsmen target them as they do not have any mystery about their bowling.
There have been reports of Ashwin trying to add leg-spin to his bowling repertoire to keep pushing for a return to the Indian team for ODI and T20 format. The upcoming Indian Premier League could be a valid indicator and perhaps the perfect opportunity for all these four bowlers to prove their might and nail down a place in the team for India’s limited overs cricket.
Sivaramakrishnan believes that bowling speed is another factor for Chahal and Kuldeep to pick wickets at regular intervals. Bowling speeds of Kuldeep and Chahal are much slower through the air (70-80 KMPH) as compared to Ashwin to Jadeja (85-90 KMPH) which saw both the wrist spinners pick wickets with a great deal of ease against South Africa.
As reported by the Times of India, Sivaramakrishnan said: “Ashwin and Jadeja use their hand more than their body while delivering. The bowling hand and the back-leg will have to be in sync. They are also unable to bowl slower to obtain maximum turn and bounce.”
Kuldeep and Chahal have virtually sealed their place in the Indian World Cup squad which is largely down to skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri backing both the wrist spinners like India did back in their successful 1985 World Championship campaign.