New Delhi: Even as everyone is busy talking about how skipper Virat Kohli played a champion’s knock and Ajinkya Rahane played second fiddle to take India home in the opening ODI against South Africa, legend Sachin Tendulkar has pointed the need to firstly appreciate the effort put in by the spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as the two finished with 5 wickets from their 20 overs, giving away just 79 runs.
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote: “Two great partnerships to take India to victory. First, @imkuldeep18 along with @yuzi_chahal and then @imVkohli with @ajinkyarahane88. Great work, boys. Keep up the momentum, #TeamIndia. #INDvSA.”
Speaking about the duo, even skipper Kohli was all praises as he said: "And the two wrist-spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal), outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They're playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that's why they got wickets. As a captain, it's outstanding when you have two guys who know what they want to do."
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he was disappointed for his side's batting show. "Definitely, we did not score enough, we did not bat well enough. I reckon we were about 50-60-70 runs short. Chris had a good partnership but as a batting unit we were disappointed," he said.
"When you're chasing five runs an over here, it's pretty easy. We tried everything with field placements and tactics but Virat and Rahane played very well."
Asked if he had suffered any injury while fielding, du Plessis said: "Just a few battle scars. Just went upstairs to get the fingers checked. One-day cricket the intensity is a lot higher. Happy to go through the game. Feeling strong."