‘Kul-Cha' for spinning success
Hindustan Times|January 28, 2022
With two World Cups lined up, India will be hoping the wrist spinners return to wicket-taking ways
Shantanu Srivastava

NEW DELHI: 20-0-160-1. In all likelihood, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will not forget that unflattering stat in a hurry, for not only was it their first real failure, it was also singularly responsible for pushing them out of the Indian team. As English batters plundered 12 fours and nine sixes off their bowling in that World Cup game, 'Kul-Cha's' epitaph was penned in Edgbaston.

Kuldeep and Chahal did not play an ODI together for two years after that, until making the cut in the second-string Indian side that toured Sri Lanka last July. The duo played the first two ODIs, picking seven wickets for 205 runs across 19 overs.

On Wednesday, after a marathon selection meeting that lasted almost half a day, Yadav was recalled for the threematch ODI series against West Indies starting next month, marking the return of the spin twins in earnest in the 50-over format. BCCI's change of heart came after India's 3-0 ODI whitewash at the hands of South Africa made stark a problem that has been brewing for some time now-a spin attack without any sting.

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