Yuzvendra Chahal and Rohit Sharma in the IPL (Photo-Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal and Rohit Sharma in the IPL (Photo-Twitter)

Senior India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal says that he has always shared a close bond with Rohit Sharma and his wife, Ritika.

Yuzvendra Chahal, who was left out of India’s T20 World Cup squad, returns to the fold and will play under new full-time skipper, Rohit Sharma.

The leg-spinner was with Mumbai Indians from 2011 to 2013, before going to Royal Challengers Bangalore and then made his India debut. His camaraderie with Sharma has grown from thereon.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Rohit Sharma in the IPL (Photo-Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal and Rohit Sharma in the IPL (Photo-Twitter)

“I have always had a special bond with Rohit. We are like family. Be it him or Ritika Bhabhi, they have always treated me like a younger brother. We always went out together for dinner. Whenever we are on the field, I always share my views with him like the time we got Kuldeep to bowl from a certain end to Babar Azam in the 2019 World Cup and got him out,” Yuzvendra Chahal told Times Of India.

“Our relationship is beyond our cricket. That helps on the field too when you trust someone so much. It’s always good to know that if I share something with him, there will be a positive response and vibe,” he added.

I decided to back my strengths and overcome my confusion: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal talked about how he dealt with the axing from the World Cup squad despite being the premier leg-spinner for the better part of the last four years.

The Haryana spinner was terrific in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 but still didn’t find a place in the squad.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Sri Lanka vs India
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I was not dropped in four years and then I got dropped for such a marquee event. I felt really bad. I was down for two-three days. But then I knew the second leg of the IPL was still around the corner.

“I went back to my coaches and spoke to them a lot. My wife and family were constantly encouraging me. My fans kept putting out motivational posts. That buoyed me. I decided to back my strengths and overcome my confusion. I couldn’t have sulked for long because that would have impacted my IPL form,” the 31-year-old revealed.

India host New Zealand for a 3-T20I series. Yuzvendra Chahal is hoping to make impactful performances as he eyes next year’s T20 World Cup.

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