Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has opened up on the aspect of playing for the Test team. Having completed four years of international cricket on the 11th of June this year, he has featured only in limited-overs so far. Yuzvendra Chahal made his international debut after the 2016 ICC World T20 during India’s tour of Zimbabwe and has remained in their limited-overs fold.
The duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav successfully took over from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after India’s semi-final exit in the 2016 ICC World T20. Both the leg-spinners have spun a web around the opposition’s batting line-up, keeping the run-flow in check and picking up wickets.
While Kuldeep Yadav has found himself donning the whites for India, Chahal hasn’t gone down the same line. The Haryana-born leg-spinner has so far featured in 52 ODIs and 42 T20Is. Chahal has snapped 146 wickets in both the formats combined and produced his best figures of 6/25 in a T20 international in 2016 against England.
His best figures of 6/42 arrived against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 2019. If not for the postponement of the thirteenth season of the IPL, the 29-year old would have plied his trade for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 84 games, he has 100 scalps at 23.18 with an economy rate of 7.78.
“I will be very happy to play Test cricket” : Yuzvendra Chahal
In a show named ‘One on One’ hosted by ESPN Cricinfo, the Haryana-born leggie is keen to represent India in the longest version. Chahal conceded that even if he gets selected to play one Test or chosen in the squad, it will be his privilege. So far, Yuzvendra Chahal has featured in 31 first-class games, picking up 84 wickets at 33.21, which proves that can be handy in Test cricket.
“If I get a chance to play even one Test for India, or even if I am picked in the Test squad, I will be very happy. That is a very different feeling.”