There is no doubt about the fact that wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is one of the vital cogs in the Indian cricket team, especially in the limited-overs format.
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He is known to deceive batsmen with his exceptional variations, guile and mind games. In a brief period, Chahal has gain strides in international cricket which has made him an integral part of the team.
Yuzvendra Chahal recalled a memorable spell in a T20I match against England where he finished with exceptional figures of 6/25. It also helped India register a comprehensive 75-run victory and win the series by a 2-1 margin.
India is all set to play England in a three-match T20I series, and he will want a repeat of Bengaluru in the opening T20I. The series is scheduled to start from Tuesday in Manchester.
Chahal recalls wonderful spell against England,
“It was a memorable spell for me. I still recall it and watch the videos. It is not easy to take wickets in T20Is. I am not nervous rather am excited. Have already played. I mean outplayed them in the past,” Chahal was quoted as saying by NDTV during an exclusive interview.
He further discussed his plans with skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the tour.
“Virat bhai and I have discussed the plans. We have a decent plan against England. I will execute them,” he said.
He has been working on a few more variations. Chahal is very keen to get off to a good start at Old Trafford.
“I have really worked hard for England series. I have played against them in the home series. Overseas will be a different thing altogether but I am ready. Will want to perform that way (on Bengaluru performance). Bengaluru is still in my mind. I will try to repeat what I did in Bengaluru. I have invented a couple of variations. Will use them against them. I have two deliveries in my arsenal. Kohli knows about it,” Chahal said.
The leg-spinner paid tribute to Mr 360 AB de Villiers who is Chahal’s teammate in the Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit.
De Villiers announced his retirement very recently by sharing a video on his twitter handle. Chahal revealed he had spoken with de Villiers just a day before he made the decision.
Like the whole world, Chahal was shocked as well given the fan following he has.
Chahal speaks on de Villiers,
“I spoke to him about a match a day before he took the retirement. Next day, when I heard the news, I shocked because I still can see a lot of cricket in him. He is one of the fittest guys. I called him… he said ‘I am tired’. He must have taken this decision after giving lots of thought. I respect his decision. Hope he plays for RCB next season,” Chahal said.
“We (De Villiers and Chahal) have spent a lot of time in dressing room. Apart from cracking jokes, he has shared his vast experience with me. He has guided me a lot on and off the field. After RCB’s batting, Virat Bhai and De Villiers used to tell us the pitch conditions and the bowling plans. Whenever I perform for India, De Villiers messages me and wishes me. He gave me tips through video calls and chats,” the youngster added.
When asked if he harbours hopes of representing India in Tests, Chahal said he would play red ball cricket by God’s grace.
“By God’s grace, I am performing well in ODIs and T20Is. I am ready to play any format of the game. If I will get the opportunity to play red ball cricket, I will grab it with both hands. I am ready. It is totally depend on selectors. If they think I am capable enough, they will surely give me a chance. My job is to work hard and focus on my game and I am doing that,” Chahal said.