Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Credits: BCCI

Last Update on: November 24th, 2019 at 09:51 pm

India’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal knows what it is like to be left out of the squad. Chahal and his bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav were recently dropped from the T20I squad as India wanted to strengthen their lower-order batting. Chahal believes that if you don’t perform well, there are always three to four players who are waiting in the wings to replace you.

Thus, as an International player, you always need to be on your toes. You can not afford to get complacent with your performances otherwise you can be found wanting. However, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have done a fine job in the white-ball format and both of them are recalled for the forthcoming series against the West Indies.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal celebrating with Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Chahal had done well against Bangladesh.

Chahal and Kuldeep had also replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after the Champions Trophy of 2017.

“Somethings are not in your hands and I was not thinking about that. It was a decision that the selectors made. It is something similar to when they picked me and Kuldeep, back then they rested Ashwin and Jadeja. That’s how things work,” said Chahal while talking to Times of India.

On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal went back to the basics when he was dropped from the national side. Chahal played for Haryana in the Vijay Hazare Trophy to get back his confidence and he has made a comeback now into the national side.

“I was part of my state side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Baroda. So yeah the idea is to keep playing as much as you can. Be it for India or my state side. It is important to keep playing,” he added.

India has got a potent bench strength and Chahal is aware that some mundane performance can lead to the exit gate from the team. The leggie added one needs to work hard to retain his place in the side.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Indian National Cricket Team
Yuzvendra Chahal. Credit: BCCI

“It is a good thing to have a good bench strength. You need to work hard because if you’re not performing well there are three-four guys ready, waiting behind you.”

The Indian team was looking for bowlers who can also bat a bit in the T20I format. However, the leg-spinner is not losing sleep over it as he stated that his prime focus is on his bowling.

“Sometimes when I get time, I do try and bat. But in the T20 format, I mostly concentrate on bowling. Obviously it helps if you can have a couple of big shots, especially if the team requires six runs off one ball,” Chahal said.

The leg-spinner had scalped four wickets in the T20I series against Bangladesh. Chahal will be in action in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against the West Indies.

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