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Kuldeep Yadav and I complement each other: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal, Indian cricket team’s leg-spinner, has said that his partnership with Kuldeep Yadav is great for the team and added that they have plans for each batsman in the Australian team.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 27, 2017 20:57 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
India vs Australia,Kuldeep Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal
Indian cricket team spinners Kuldeep Yadav, left, and Yuzvendra Chahal have bowled well in tandem against Australia.(AP)

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have emerged as India’s new deadly spin bowling duo in the ongoing series against Australia. The wrist spinner and Chinaman have together taken 13 wickets in the series, helping Virat Kohli’s side continue with its winning run.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the fourth ODI, Chahal said that he and Kuldeep have plans for each player in the Australian team.

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“I know Kuldeep Yadav for a very long time. If I bowl first, then I tell him that the wicket is providing this kind of assistance. If he bowls first, then he tells me this is the right area to bowl to a certain batsmen,” said Chahal.

Love to play in Bangalore

The 27-year-old has had some memorable moments at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. In the Twenty20 International against England in February, he picked 6/25 -- the third-best haul by a bowler in the format.

Chahal said he loved to bowl at this venue despite the short boundaries. “The wicket at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has changed in the last couple of years. The wicket now is offering more turn to the spinners. It is a bit slow and there is grip, which was not there earlier,” Chahal said.

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Edge over Australia

Chahal said that Australia’s inability to adapt to the conditions and India’s ability to take wickets at regular intervals was hurting Steve Smith’s side.

“We have used the conditions much better than Australia. Adam Zampa, their only wrist spinner, is not performing consistently. In this series, we are taking wickets at the start, in the middle and even in the death overs. The Indore ODI was an example (of that),” Chahal said.

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‘Warner a big threat’

Aaron Finch scored a magnificent 100 in Indore while Steve Smith made 63. However, Chahal believes David Warner, who is playing his 100th ODI, is the bigger threat.

“David Warner is Australia’s key player. He has experience playing in the IPL. If he plays 40-50 balls, he can score 70-80 runs. Our aim is to get Warner out quickly so that we can put pressure in middle overs,” the spinner said.

India have secured a hat-trick of wins over Australia in this series. They have secured a hat-trick of series wins too. There has been one more hat-trick and that is Chahal taking out Glenn Maxwell in all three games.

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“My plan to Maxwell is not to bowl at the stumps. I tend to bowl outside the off-stump and I vary my pace. I know that if I can bowl 2-3 dot balls, he will try to play an aggressive shot,” Chahal said on his success against Maxwell.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 18:27 IST