Yuzvendra Chahal, Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (L) and Yuzvendra Chahal (R). Credit: AFP

Yuzvendra Chahal did not take long to make the team-management or the selectors realise that they were wrong to drop him from the T20I side in order to try out others. The leg-spinner, who has been one of India’s best performers in the last couple of years, failed to make it to the T20I squads for the series against West Indies and South Africa, much to everyone’s surprise.

He was finally recalled into the team for the three-match series against Bangladesh and he hit the ground running. In the first T20I, Yuzvendra Chahal conceded just 24 runs while picking up one wicket. He could have had more but India erred with the DRS calls before Krunal Pandya dropped Mushfiqur Rahim at a crucial stage. In the second game, he dismissed Rahim and Soumya Sarkar inside an over to derail Bangladesh’s innings.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Credit: BCCI

Chahal on Rohit and Kohli:

Yuzvendra Chahal was utilised really well by Rohit Sharma against Bangladesh. The leg-spinner is now gearing up to play under the captaincy of Virat Kohli as the regular captain has returned for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against West Indies. Chahal is a part of both the squads along with his spin partner Kuldeep Yadav.

And ahead of the series, Chahal opened up on the captaincy method of both Rohit and Kohli. The star spinner said that barring the level of aggressiveness, there is not much difference between the two. Chahal said both Rohit and Kohli back the players to the hilt and give them enough freedom to perform for the team.

“They have a similar approach. Both of them give enough liberty to the bowlers. They back the bowlers to the hilt and give them the field placements they require, so there is not much of a difference. Maybe Virat is a bit more aggressive, Rohit isn’t. The thinking is the same — give the players the liberty and win matches for the team. They have always given me the opportunity to play freely, without thinking about anything else. That has always been helpful,” Chahal told Sportstar.

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