How Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav Created History For India In ODIs

Updated: 04 September 2017 15:43 IST

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bowled a combined 20 overs, giving away just 76 runs and accounted for two Sri Lankan wickets.

How Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav Created History For India In ODIs
Chahal, Kuldeep's inclusion was 1st time India played 2 specialist wrist spinners in their history ODIs. © AFP

Over the years, India have had some fantastic spin twins bamboozling opposition batsmen from all over the world. The likes of Bishan Singh Bedi-Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Harbhajan Singh-Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja have done the country proud with some sterling performances in both Tests and ODIs. However, it was the young duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav that did something never done in the entirety of India's ODI history. When Chahal and Kuldeep took the field in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka at Colombo, it was the first time India played two specialist wrist spinners in their history of 922 ODIs.

India outclassed Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI to sweep the series 5-0. The series win came after India swept the preceding three-Test rubber 3-0, capping their domination of the home side which has been beset by injury and selection woes.

This was India's second 5-0 whitewash in an away ODI series with Kohli's men having blanked Zimbabwe in 2013.

Captain Virat Kohli stood out with the bat in Colombo, scoring his 30th ODI century while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the job done with the ball, grabbing a career-best five for 42.

Chahal and Kuldeep both had economical figures but could only manage one wicket apiece in the final match of the ODI series.

The duo bowled a combined 20 overs, giving away just 76 runs and accounted for two Sri Lankan wickets.

While Chahal played four out of the five ODIs in the series, ending up with a total of 5 wickets, Kuldeep played the two final matches and took a total of three wickets in the series.

Highlights
  • Chahal, Kuldeep played the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka
  • 1st time India played 2 specialist wrist spinners in ODIs
  • India beat Sri Lanka in 5th ODI to sweep series 5-0
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