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Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun all praise for wrist spinners

10 February 2018

Chahal finished with career-best figures of 5/35, helping to reduce the Proteas to 118, their lowest total on home soil. The likes of Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, Adil Rashid, Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have all become important players for their country. Both the spinners have wreaked havoc in the series, picking 13 wickets in the first two matches.

"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". On some pitches like today, it got really slow at the end so they were getting turn as well.

"A lot of us have not picked their googlies". We have game-plans and they've bowled well enough not to give us balls to play in our game-plan. They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game.

South Africa have little time to turn things around but they need to if they are to avoid being whitewashed disdainfully by a team that seems intent on setting their record straight in this part of the world.

India have now leading the six-match series 3-0 and are on the verge of creating history when they face South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"I think there should be a plan".

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

"And we said in overseas conditions wrist spinners would do better than what a finger spinner would".

"We knew they will pick up wickets".

"At that point we were building quite a nice partnership so it was just about rotating the strike". In spite of minimum assistance from the pitch, the duo has taken 21 of the 30 wickets at an average of 9.05.

"Unfortunately throughout the series we've lost wickets in clusters so we haven't given ourselves a chance".

The left-hander said South Africa batsmen are finding it hard to pick Chahal and Yadav. Chahal, on the other hand, is yet to get a call-up in the five-dayers.

"A lot of us have not picked their wrong 'uns".

"When you are not picking their wrong 'uns, you are not necessarily comfortable".

Virat Kohli ran 100 of his 160 runs in the third ODI, with a strike rotation percentage of 62.5 while the entire South African team could only manage to take 31 runs in ones, twos and threes against Chahal and Kuldeep in 18 overs of spin.

What was novelty after the first game and excitement after the second, is slowly ceding way to becoming expectation of a bunch of wickets, such has been the two tweakers' hold over the South Africans.

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

Arun acknowledged that newcomers Kuldeep and Chahal have done exceptionally well because wrist spinners do not rely overtly on pitches and conditions.

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

India are motoring their way to a maiden bilateral ODI series win in South Africa while their hosts are coughing and sputtering.

"Look at Virat's innings today, the way he paced it". From 79 for 1, South Africa slipped to 95 for 4, leaving David Miller and the rest of the middle and lower-middle order with too much to do.

De Villiers's return is a massive boost for a depleted South African batting line-up and they would hope that he dons the Joe Root-like role in the batting line-up.

Here is a trivia question for you: when did Ravindra Jadeja last represent India in a one-day global?

"He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well", Duminy said.

Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun all praise for wrist spinners