Smith warns India have weapons other than spin

Ruben Hill
September 21, 2017

Kuldeep has developed a good combination with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and is enjoying bowling in tandem with him. "I think 160 with one new ball would have made things a lot easier", Smith said. In that period, you need someone to guide you and tell you how to handle situations. It was the same for us. Batting for 20 overs is difficult when you're losing wickets and trying to go quite hard.

"If they would have won then they could have said that (two new balls) was a plus point because the ball came on nicely to the bat", the leg-spinner said. Whether it is a new ball or an old ball, our bowlers bowled well. "We've been facing our fast bowlers in the nets and other net bowlers as well", Smith said. The game being reduced to 21 overs was in a way advantageous to Australia. But the plus (for India) was that the wicket was turning and the way our medium-pacers bowled at the start helped us put pressure on them from the very beginning. India lost that review, but won't 1st October onwards when the new rules of the game come into effect. With an Australian line-up that boasts of the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell among others, any opponent would be under pressure.

Yadav said he along with Chahal were shouldering responsibility in absence of the regular spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Chahal feels that playing under an attacking captain like Virat Kohli has brought the best out of him and made him more attacking. "It becomes a good experience to have two wrist spinners in the team, both are of attacking types and chances of taking wickets are more".

"But sometimes, we also have to take a step back and you change your plans", he added.

September 20: Left-arm Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav, while claiming that David Warner comes under pressure while facing him, on Tuesday said that he feels he can get the swashbuckling Australian opener out at any time.

Pandya's all-round exploits deservedly handed him the MoM award and Chahal returned with impressive figures of 3 wickets for 30 in his 5 overs.

"He feels this guy can get me out anytime, so the pressure is not on me". The players of both the teams have not had the right kind of practice because of rain and the Indian team had to adhere to play some football to keep themselves well-oiled.

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