Dinesh Karthik on Sunday defended the wrist-spin pair

Kuldeep claimed 1 for 64 off his 10 overs while Chahal was wicketless, giving away 51 runs in his 10 overs as the visitors sauntered to a win by six wickets with an over to spare, chasing 281 at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

“I think the team management has backed them really a lot and they believe in themselves. They are too young, they have produced some fantastic spells in the last series and I am sure their confidence is sky-high. One game here and there does not make you a bad bowler and that is something you learn,” Karthik told reporters after India’s defeat.

“I think these are the kind of games that make you mentally tougher as a bowler. That is what they would like to look at it, this is a great learning curve for them and that is the whole point of playing bilateral (series). You play bilateral for two reasons – one to win the bilateral and the other one is to prepare for the bigger tournaments,” he explained.

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