Chahal & Kuldeep’s Strike Power

Introduction

Overall Bowling in 50-over format has evolved over the years along with the format itself. With the impact of T20 cricket hanging at the throat of cricket’s oldest white ball format. Since the concept has been so batting dominated in the white ball cricket, bowlers have had to adapt to make their presence felt.

Below Visual is an indicator in last decade (2010’s), what has been average strike rates (balls per Wicket) & economy rates (runs per over). It will also show how games in India have been compared to this Global benchmark.

Indian Bowlers at home much better than visiting bowlers

The above visual clearly underscores the fact that Indian bowlers at home have quite emphatically overwhelmed the visiting bowling attacks in the last decade (2010’s). If we deep-dive into this to understand where this difference is coming from, below visual will help explain the same.

Spinners Domination

This visual clearly tells us that Indian Spinners have been far superior than the visiting spin in 50 over format. Especially looking at the Strike rates indicates that wicket taking ability for the foreign spinners have been quite low. Of course, they have been some exceptions example: Adam Zampa. However overall, with all the teams visiting India, the Indian Spinners have been more potent wicket takers comparatively.

Indian Spinners have overwhelmed the visiting spinners

Chahal & Kuldeep Impact

In the past Decade, especially in the last 5 years, Indian team management has been looking to go with more wrist spinning options in the white ball formats in general. Post the 2015 world cup, they have persisted with Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. As we know that wrist spinners are generally foreseen as attacking bowling options, it helps the team in the middle overs to keep breaking important partnerships.

Wrist Spinning Duo.

Both the Right Arm Leg spinner & Left arm leg spinner have succeeded in both Foreign as well as Indian conditions. Initially both were included in the playing eleven. As time passed & to look at the balance of the team for All rounder. India started to persist with 1 out of 2 in recent series.

Below visual will show their strike power & their impact on India’s Wins at home.

It clearly shows that whenever India wins there are 2 Key observations.

  • Whenever Yuzvendra Chahal has picked wickets, thereby keeping his Economy in Check, India invariably have a very high chance of Winning.
  • Kuldeep has generally been expensive in terms of economy, but the games where he picks wickets more frequently (i.e Lower Strike Rate) then India’s chances of Win go up significantly.

Conclusion

For England in this upcoming ODI series, to showcase that they are World Champions & Clinch the series, they need to ensure that Chahal & Kuldeep aren’t given wickets. By doing this they would ensure that they build enough pressure on the rest of the attack.