While reviewing the performances of the Indian bowlers in the limited-overs matches against Australia, former India opener, Aakash Chopra opined that Yuzvendra Chahal was a bit of a disappointment.
Chahal’s figures in the two ODI matches and three T20Is he bowled read: 1/89, 0/71, 3/25,1/51, and 0/41. He registered the worst ODI bowling figures by an Indian spinner in the first ODI and was dropped for the third match.
Chahal made a brilliant comeback in the first T20I as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja after being dropped from the initial eleven. His match-winning three wicket-haul turned the match in India’s favour. However, the leggie was again taken for runs in the next two T20Is.
Chahal was very ordinary: Aakash Chopra
In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra revealed that he was surprised to see Chahal being dropped from the starting eleven in the first T20 after having a tremendous IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore; he picked 21 wickets at an economy of 7.08.
But then, Chopra pointed, Chahal came in as a substitute for Jadeja and won the game for India. However, he struggled to tie down the batsman in the next two matches.
In his YouTube video, Aakash Chopra said, “The big problem was that Yuzvendra Chahal, we had shouted so much that he should have been played in the first match and then he played as a concussion sub and gave a Man of the Match performance, has given more than 40 runs in his four overs in the other two matches. He has been very expensive.”
The 43-year-old also talked about Chahal’s unthreatening bowling in the ODIs. He feels that the Haryana-born leg-spinner bowled relatively ordinarily than what was expected of him. For Chopra, the 30-year-old was the biggest disappointment in the bowling department as he didn’t bowl according to his standards.
“He conceded 80-odd runs in the first two ODIs, so he has been fairly ordinary as compared to what we expect from him. So this tour was not good at all for Yuzvendra Chahal in my opinion, it was very ordinary. So that’s a bit of a disappointment,” the commentator added.