‘These kind of games will make Kuldeep, Chahal tougher’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2017 10:22:27



INDIA batsman Dinesh Karthick feels the kind of challenge that young wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal faced against New Zealand in the first ODI will make them “mentally tougher” for future games.
Tom Latham (103) and Ross Taylor (95) added 200 runs in New Zealand’s successful 281-run chase during which the spin twins hardly troubled the duo.

“These are the kind of games which makes you mentally tougher as a bowler. These are the kind of games which are going to help them to stand up to pressure and learn how to handle pressure when the wicket is not so much helping them,” Karthick said at the post-match media conference.
Kuldeep and Chahal have been instrumental in India’s success in limited overs cricket of late and Karthick feels that their self belief gives team management the confidence and one off day will not matter much in the longer run.
“The team management backed them a lot and they believe in themselves.

“They are two young guys and they have produced some fantastic spells in the last series and I am sure their confidence is sky high. One game here and there, doesn’t not make you a bad bowler,” said Karthick.
Like his skipper Virat Kohli, the Tamil Nadu batsman was full of praise for Taylor and Latham, who stood out in testing conditions scripting a near flawless run-chase.
“Credit to Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. They batted really well. They made use of the conditions and played some good shots. They used the sweep to some good effect,” Karthick observed.

Karthick, who looked good during his knock of 37 off 47 deliveries admitted that he should have converted the start.
With sweep shots, we put pressure on their spinners: Taylor
SENIOR New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is happy that centurion Tom Latham paid heed to his advice to play the sweep and reverse sweep which disturbed the length of Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Taylor scored 95 and added 200 runs with Latham, who struck an unbeaten 103 in New Zealand’s successful chase of 281 in the first ODI against India.

Kuldeep and Chahal bowled 20 overs among themselves giving away 125 runs with only a wicket in return.
“With the sweep shot. We are able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.

Taylor said that after fielding for three and half hours in searing heat and unbearable humidity, they needed a good start which Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided them.
“Having to field out there for over three and a half hours, we knew we had to get off to a good start and try and negate their spinners. Traditionally, New Zealand come here and struggle up-front in our innings.

“Being able to rotate the strike in the right-left combination with Tom, I think you have got to give credit to Gup (Guptill) and Munners (Munro). They set the platform for us and we were able to rotate the strike and take it deep and then we knew we were in a good position in the game,” Taylor gave an insight to their run-chase.

Numerous tours to India for national team and stints with IPL franchise certainly came in handy for the 33-year-old.
“I have come here many a times before whether it’s international cricket or IPL. I am not getting any younger and just wanted a bit of a push and just had a bit more intent I think.

“Through those middle stages in the past, you take up a far too many dot balls so made a conscious effort of being a bit more busier at the crease, work on a few shots and open up the off side. Tom and I got some runs in the warm-up game and it was nice to bring that form into Wankhede,” Taylor said referring to their respective hundreds in the second warm-up against Board President’s XI.

Taylor is expecting India to come hard at them in the second game at Pune, which is expected to be a batting belter. “As long as you win, it doesn’t matter who steps up. Today it was Tom and myself. You have got to give credit to the bowlers as well, it was pretty warm out there.”
“Boulty (Trent Boult) bowled outstandingly well but still a long way to go,” Taylor quipped.

“We know India are going to come at us hard and now it’s one more victory to take the series for us. But we know Pune is going to be a tough wicket to play on and we have to start again and not dwell on this too much,” he added.