For skipper Virat Kohli, the third ODI against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town was a further testimonial to the incredible form displayed by the Indian wrist-spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The two spinners took 4 wickets each at the Newlands as India bowled out South Africa for 179 to win the third ODI by 124 runs and take a 3-0 lead in the series.
Speaking on their efforts, the Indian skipper said, “It’s outstanding to see two guys just totally spinning a web around the opposition. There doesn’t seem to be a way out at all. It’s unbelievable. Taking eight wickets today -outstanding.”
Kohli asserted that the two spinners have displayed bravery by tossing the ball to batsmen and not worrying about getting hit for runs. He said, “I don’t have words to explain this. Credit to them. Both are very brave in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well. They are very brave tossing the ball and asking the batsman to come out and play a risky shot.”
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Virat also expressed that the two wristies can be a crucial factor for the team in the upcoming Cricket World Cup next year. He said, “They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game. But there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking 2-3 wickets every game. We are going to play the World Cup away from home, that I think is going to be the massive factor for us.”
When asked whether the performance in the series will translate into a call into the Test squad, Kohli replied, “Those are things that are quite a bit away from now. Look they are obviously making a very strong case for themselves, bowling in these conditions and making breakthroughs like we haven’t seen before. Hats off to them but the other debate is a bit away from now. You never know what happens in the future but I am really happy at the moment.”