Narendra Hirwani , who has worked with almost all the spinners in the country for past few years, is happy to see the increasing options in the Indian spin stable. And, he is elated with the way Chahal and Kuldeep are creating doubts in Australia’s minds. “They are reading the batsmen well at the moment. The Aussies have practised for an inch or two inches of spin but they are actually facing more than eight inches of turn. No wonder, they are finding it difficult. When you spin big, then deliveries with lesser turn or the straighter ones give batsmen nightmares. These two have both variation and turn. Most importantly, they know when and how to use those variations,” Hirwani told TOI.
While Australia do have a leg spinner in Adam Zampa, they don’t have a chinaman bowler. “I don’t think they have any chinaman bowler in Australia domestic cricket, so they are struggling against Kuldeep. Chahal too has matured as a bowler. He is not only keeping it tight but also picking up wickets in middle overs,” he said.
Ashwin and Jadeja have already proved themselves. They have already achieved some good things in the past few years. They won India the Champions Trophy in 2013. Ashwin also did well in 2015 World Cup, in conditions that were more suitable for pacers.
“They will only learn when they would get to play enough matches. Unless they get proper opportunity how can you judge their ability to perform under pressure? The team management is doing just that. They were given opportunities in Sri Lanka and now they are getting opportunity against Australia, which is one of the best teams in the world. In the last one and one-and-half years, different spinners have played in different conditions. In the next series, you might see a different spin combination. It’s always good to have options,” said Hirwani.