After a demoralizing loss against India in the third one-day International, it seems to be difficult for the South African team to save the six-match ODI series. Virat Kohli and his men were able to register a comprehensive win over the hosts, drawing the gulf between the number one and number two spot. The real trouble which South Africans have faced till now is facing the wrist spin duo, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav.
Both Kuldeep and Chahal have made it difficult for the Proteas to score in the middle-overs which eventually makes them play a false shot. They have picked 22 wickets off 30 wickets Indian Team has taken so far, speaks volumes about their consistency. Further, little master Sunil Gavaskar, who is currently in South Africa has offered Proteas to send a team to participate in Buchi Babu tournament.
Gavaskar reckons that exposure of playing spin on the friendly tracks will help their side get rid of this problem, which eventually will help them in future. He said, “A lot of South African batsmen have paid the price for playing across the line. Not too many batsmen have tried to go down the pitch. Look, when you watch the hand, they [Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal] are not very difficult to pick. Maybe Kuldeep Yadav, when he bowls the wrong one, he is a little difficult to pick. But with Chahal, you can actually see the back of the hand.”
The legendary Indian batsman further added, “So, what they need to really do in my view is their A team needs to come and play in the Buchi Babu and stay at the spin academy in Chennai and participate. Over there, they will get a much better idea of how to play spin. Even if they are playing against the A’ team or some of the Indian junior team spinners, they will learn how to play spin like how Australia and New Zealand have done.”