Virat Kohli hails 'brave' Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, call their performance 'unbelievable'
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 20:49
Opener Smriti Mandhana struck 135 runs to help the Indian women's cricket team hammer South Africa by 178 runs as they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match One-day worldwide series, part of the ICC Women's Championship, here on Wednesday. They haven't bowled the ball full enough for us to get to the ball, to hit down the ground. The highest total by an overseas batsman in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa is 283. The opening batsman is the best player of spin in the side, especially in the absence of AB De Villiers and Faf du Plessis. "I experienced that today, and that was an incredible feeling", he added.
Disturbingly, the hosts once again were undone by the wizardry of the Indian wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who took eight wickets between them. Moreoever, this is also the highest score by an Indian batsman in South Africa as he overtook Tendulkar's 152 against Namibia in 2003. "The batsmen are not looking to score, there is no intent at the crease because of the fact that they are not reading the ball out of the hand". He also talked about how well the conditions have been assessed by these two young spinners. "We knew they will pick up wickets", Kohli said.
As for Kohli, his stunning series average came as a result of scores of 112, 46* and 160*.
The expected return of AB de Villiers for the next three matches, which Duminy called a "massive boost", will go some way to lifting morale and to adding some seniority to an otherwise inexperienced group. "And we still have a while to go!" De Kock's current mindset certainly came under scrutiny after the first ODI at Kingsmead when he walked off without reviewing an lbw decision off Chahal. "We've got plans of how to counter their spin but we haven't managed to execute".
We take a look at the good and the bad from India's comprehensive win. But the manner in which this duo has impressed over the past few months suggests Jadeja, 29, and Ashwin, 31, may have kissed goodbye their chances of playing in the 2019 World Cup - incidentally to be staged in England, where India lost that Champions Trophy final.
"Then the wicket got considerably slower after the 30th over, so you had to again adjust your game, and make sure, with wickets falling also, that you continued adjusting through the innings", Kohli said.
What Morris was hoping to get from the pitch at the Wanderers Stadium was less help for the spinners, though he reiterated that pitches couldn't be used as an excuse for South Africa's dismal show in the ODIs so far. Dhawan and Kohli have looked in particularly good touch in both of the ODIs, but one slight concern for them is the lack of time the lower middle order has had out in the middle. "They were not very nice to bowl on", he smiled.