India vs South Africa: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kulpeed Yadav's quality spin bowling surprised Proteas, says Kepler Wessels

Hailing the quality of wrist spin bowled by the Indian duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, ex-South Africa captain Kepler Wessels has said that his country's batsmen were not used to playing wrist spin, and hence struggled against the two in the One Day series.

PTI, February 17, 2018

Mumbai: Hailing the quality of wrist spin bowled by the Indian duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, ex-South Africa captain Kepler Wessels has said that his country's batsmen were not used to playing wrist spin, and hence struggled against the two in the One Day series.

"They struggled because most of the (current) South African batsmen hadn't played against wrist spinners very much.

They were taken by surprise by the quality of spin and they hadn't seen anything like that before, Wessels told PTI.

The Virat Kohli-led Indian team scripted history by winning a first-ever ODI bilateral series in South Africa with a stunning 5-1 margin.

Yuzvendra Chahal (L) and Kuldeep Yadav were taken apart by South African batsmen in the ODI series. AFP

Yuzvendra Chahal (L) and Kuldeep Yadav were taken apart by South African batsmen in the ODI series. AFP

Orthodox leggie Chahal and Chinaman bowler Kuldeep shared 33 wickets between them and literally bamboozled the South African batsmen.

Wessels maintained that the Indian triumph did not come as a surprise to him.

"I wasn't surprised by India's performance as I knew going into the One Day series (after Tests) they are going to be competitive and they are a good One Day team. South Africa had a depleted side and they lost players through injuries (in the series) and their play against spinners was not good enough. India was the better side," said Wessels, who had also played for Australia when his native country was in cricket isolation during the apartheid era.

Former South Africa all-round stalwart Jacques Kalllis had recently said that there weren't enough world class leg spinners in South Africa and hence their batsmen found it difficult to play against Indian wrist spinners.

Wessels agreed with Kallis's views and quipped, "I agree with him and he is absolutely right."

India lost the Test series 2-1 to South Africa held prior to the ODI rubber and a lot of former players have blamed India's lack of sufficient preparation for the loss.

India will be touring England and Australia in the later part of the year and the 60-year-old former left handed batsman is of the opinion that India should go sufficiently in advance to these countries and must play warm-up matches prior to the Test rubber.

"They should definitely have some warm up matches in England because it takes some time to get used to the English conditions. In Australia also there will be additional bounce, so one or a few warm-up matches will be a good idea," said the 60-year-old Wessels who had played in 40 Tests for Australia and then South Africa in a career spanning 12 years.

"They should have had a warm-up match in South Africa. I am not saying that would have impacted on them winning the series, but it would have helped them to get used to the conditions," he signed off.

Updated Date: Feb 17, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114