Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun all praise for wrist spinners

Tricia Pearson
February 11, 2018

Chasing India's 303 for six, South Africa once again surrendered before Chahal (4/46) and Yadav (4/23) to end way behind at 170 all out in 40 overs.

India has dominated the ODI series like a boss.

"What they've done really well is assess the conditions in terms of what they need to do, what sort of speed and length they need to bowl". They have got a lot of talent and a lot of abilities.

"They might go for six an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them". We've not been good enough. "As you would understand, the volume of cricket that we are playing, we need to keep rotating those bowlers so that they are fresh for every format", he said. "And we were extremely confident they would come here to South Africa and would make inroads into their batting". "And they just back their instincts", he added. "Find a way to not only score boundaries but find singles square of the wicket, I think that's going to have to be our plan going forward".

"When we came to South Africa, we said this is going to be our home for the next two and a half months". After this tour, we will take a call.

In three One-Day Internationals so far in the series, South Africa have lost 28 wickets. Both the spinners have wreaked havoc in the series, picking 13 wickets in the first two matches.

While the South Africans still seem far from finding a solution to Kuldeep and Chahal, the manner of their success has even raised questions on whether they might be ready for Test cricket. As we have said earlier, we will rotate the bowlers and keep them nice and fresh. In the limited-overs (formats), he did well enough for us to understand that he could be a handful in Tests as well. "We've got plans of how to counter their spin but we haven't managed to execute".

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"They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game. The key is definitely to try and be positive, but unfortunately on a few occasions we haven't picked the wrong 'uns", he said. While skipper Virat Kohli has backed his wrist spinners to be the x-factors in the upcoming World Cup in 2019, Arun believes that the duo are still not out of the race and have a chance to comeback into the squad.

"We had made a conscious decision that we would play Bumrah (in South Africa) when we were in India", said Arun.

"He's (Kohli) up there with the world's best".

"He's in really good form at the moment". He is oozing with confidence.

"They've bowled a touch slower than our spinners, and I think that's where they have been effective", he elaborated, echoing what Dale Benkenstein, the South Africa batting coach, had said after the second ODI. Like today, it got really slow at the end so they were getting turn as well.

"We've spoken a lot about how crucial partnerships are, but unfortunately we haven't had the opportunity to put together partnerships", he said. He did not have all the answers but he was convinced South Africa's discomfort at the crease was caused by uncertainty of what's coming at them. The hosts now must win all three remaining games to draw the series level. "I think every cricketer has been through this at some point in their career".

At this rate, the day is not far away when they start belting out affectionate phrases describing one's mothers and sisters which are now the preserve of maestro Virat Kohli. "He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well".

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