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India’s bowling coach unfazed by Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav’s one-off show

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal struggled in the Wankhede ODI against New Zealand but Indian cricket team bowling coach, Bharat Arun, is not worried by a one-off case and has expressed confidence that they will bounce back for the Pune ODI.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 24, 2017 20:06 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Yuzvendra Chahal picked up only one wicket while Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless as they struggled in the Wankhede ODI against New Zealand. (PTI)

India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday defended the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who picked up just one wicket in the first ODI, stating that a one-off case shouldn’t be pinned against a pair that has been consistent otherwise.

“Well these two boys (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) have done exceptionally well for us and we would like to take a good look at them before we could come up on a combination for the World Cup. So far they have shaped exceptionally well,” Arun said in the pre-match press conference here at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

“In all fairness, India has won nine games on the trot and these two wrist spinners have done their job and they have taken wickets time and again. Sometimes it does happen that you don’t get the desired wickets, you have your plans in place but it doesn’t work out. If you look at the overall percentages, we are happy with the way they have shaped up, so one odd match shouldn’t trouble us.”

Tom Latham and Ross Taylor swung the game away from an evenly-balanced contest to help New Zealand take a 1-0 lead but more importantly dominated the Indian bowlers throughout the middle overs in the first ODI in Mumbai on Sunday. Footwork being a crucial factor when it comes to playing spin, the duo relied on the traditional sweeps and reverse-sweeps to toy around with India’s bowling.

Arun said they are better prepared this time. “Yes we do (have plans). We have taken a good look at the videos, how they played the sweeps and things like this. Definitely the plans would change for these batsmen,” he said.

“Still you got to consider the weather, the workload, how much they have bowled in the match and how much they have bowled at practice. Based on that --- it’s just not the decision of the bowling coach but a combined decision of the physio, trainer and the bowling coach --- we decide to rest someone at practice and then we do that,” said Arun, explaining the wrist spinners’ absence at nets on Tuesday.

Although he admitted losing the first ODI had left them in murky water, Arun said they had taken the loss in their stride, which he believed would help the team assess themselves in tough situations.

“We look at it as a big challenge right now. New Zealand compete exceptionally well; they had a fantastic partnership (in Mumbai) and they went on to win that game. It is a bigger challenge for us to come back. We know we have our plans in place and it is good testing ground for the team (on) how you come back from behind and do well in the series.”

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 20:02 IST