The go-to bowler for Virat Kohli in limited-overs format, Yuzvendra Chahal sets his sight on Test cricket. He returned back to red-ball format under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer for India A.
With India playing a long five-match Test series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is grooming the youngsters under the watchful eyes of Rahul Dravid.
Moreover, BCCI has named squad for only three matches. It is learnt that they are eyeing to name squad based on conditions for a remaining couple of matches.
It is going to be a great exposure for Yuzvendra Chahal: Shreyas Iyer
The skipper of India A, Iyer believes that the coming game against South Africa A is going to help Chahal a lot. He added that the presence of leg-spinner is always a heartening sign.
With the South African tracks offering considerable assistance for the spinners, Iyer is optimistic of Chahal coming good for the team.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has returned to the red-ball cricket after a prolonged gap. It would be interesting to see whether he would make it to the national team owing to the Test cricket.
”Chahal will be playing red-ball cricket after a long time. Having a leg-spinner in the team is always has an advantage, especially on these tracks and also they can get wickets at any moment of time because you get a lot of turn on this pitch,” Iyer told reporters on the eve of the game.
“It is going to be a great exposure for him as well because he carries a lot of experience being a senior player. Also, he has played in different conditions. He can play a major role if he backs himself,” he added.
I will do my job for India A: Iyer leaves the selection to BCCI –
Meanwhile, the skipper Iyer himself returns to red-ball cricket after a long time. He last played in December and then broke into India’s limited-overs side. He was then appointed as a skipper of Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The stylish batsman Iyer is optimistic of performing well for the team and wants to set an example with his contribution. Rest, he left all the selection problems to BCCI as he feels scoring is the only job which is in his hands.
“I played my last match in December. My approach to red-ball has always been positive. I am very flamboyant in terms of my shot making and I always back myself. I always think positive about my batting. With regards to getting selected in the national team, it is not in my hands. I will do my job. That is to keep performing,” he said.
“The transition period has been really great after being appointed the captain. It has changed me mentally and I am also planning my innings accordingly. So you tend to take a lot of responsibility and set an example for your team,” he said.
However, playing India A series simultaneously to the national games seems like a great initiative. They are opening the gates for youngsters to make their way into Indian side with sound performances.