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It is a breakthrough series for youngsters, says Virat Kohli

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 26, 2017, 12:44 am IST
Updated Jan 26, 2017, 11:22 am IST
Virat Kohli
 Virat Kohli

Kanpur: Having led Yuzvendra Chahal and Parveez Rasool in the Indian Premier League, skipper Virat Kohli feels that three-match T20 series against England will provide perfect opportunity to the duo to establish themselves as “specialists” in the shortest format.

A good show by Rasool and Chahal may also lessen the workload on world’s premier spinner R. Ashwin. “The guys who have come in have done pretty well in the IPL, in the domestic T20s. The areas they are bowling in are pretty good and are pretty economical. Yuzvendra, everyone has seen his performances, even Rasool played under me at RCB,” Kohli said.

“It is probably a breakthrough series for them. They haven’t played a big series yet so this might be the perfect opportunity to seal their spots as T20 specialist spinners for the future,” Kohli made it clear as to what is there in stake for youngsters.

About Rasool, the skipper said that he has an ability to bowl with the new ball.
“He (Rasool) is pretty confident, he can bowl with the new ball against the most attacking guys. These two guys are very smart about their bowling. I am sure they will able to replicate their domestic success at this level.”

The series is also big opportunity for the likes of the young sensationalwicketkeeper batsman from Delhi — Rishabh Pant, Mandeep Singh along with veterans Ashish Nehra and the southpaw Suresh Raina.

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