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'Chance for Rasool, Chahal to become India's T20 bowlers'

 Agencies |  2017-01-25 17:51:41.0  |  Kanpur, UP

Having led Yuzvendra Chahal and Parveez Rasool in the Indian Premier League, skipper Virat Kohli feels that three-match T20 International 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 Ravichandran 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 at the pre-match media conference.

"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 break for the likes of Rishabh Pant, Mandeep Singh along with veterans Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina.

Ask about Raina, who has not played a match for national time since World T20 in March. "I think he (Raina) still has a lot to offer. He has not played in a while because there have not been too many limited overs series since the World T20. We played a lot of Test matches in between so it seems there is a bit of a gap. We still believe he has enough to contribute in shorter formats. I would say it is a series of opportunities for a lot of guys to seal their spots," the skipper said.

India were the better team in both Tests and ODIs though the 50-over series was closely fought. Kohli said the team is capable of a lot more than what it has produced
this season.

Asked for his thoughts on Mills, who is a T20 specialist, Kohli responded bluntly. "I haven't seen much of him but I have played 90mph before in my career so," said Kohli in a dismissive tone. "They have brought him (Mills) as a T20 specialist, he might have a set of skills which is required for this format. I can may be comment on him after the second game having played him a bit. But 90mph is not a problem at all," he said.

Kohli, however, was full of praise for the current crop of England players despite being unsure of their utility in the IPL.

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