Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav Face Trial By Fire In IPL
Until a couple of years ago, both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were Virat Kohli's strike bowlers in limited-overs formats for India. However, they are now fighting for survival and the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be crucial for them to regain confidence.
While Chahal was benched after the first three T20 Internationals against England and did not return to the playing XI in the last two matches of the series, as well as the three-match ODI series, Yadav, who had been traveling with the Indian team for the past five months, too got to play very little cricket.
Yadav, a Chinaman bowler, played only one international in Australia, an ODI, and then played one Test and two ODIs during England's tour of India. His performance in the first two one-dayers against England was below par -- 0/68 and 0/84 -- and he was dropped for the last match of the ODI series. He hasn't played a T20 since the IPL last season.
While Chahal is expected to feature in the Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) playing XI for a few matches as he is the lead spinner of the side led by Virat Kohli, he is bound to face competition from Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who did well against India in the recent limited-overs series at home.
Zampa, for some reason, wasn't played much in IPL 2020 and featured in just three games. It could have also been because he was a late replacement for Kane Richardson.