Former New Zealand bowler Daniel Vettori helped Indian leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, during his early days in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp. Vettori was part of the franchise as a head coach back in 2014.
Chahal had joined from Mumbai Indians (MI) and was still developing his bowling back in those years. He sought help from Vettori, who worked hard with him, spending extra hours in the practice nets.
“He had become the head coach when I joined them in 2014. He was a massive help for me in my earlier days at RCB. As a bowler, as a human being, as a person with cricket knowledge, he helped me a lot. He never used to change my bowling style, he just used to let me know how the ball is coming out and whether it’s drifting in a lot and stuff like that.”
“He used to pull me aside and make me bowl extra overs on open wickets. (Helped me in) Only those simple, small body movements. And I had to improve on that only. He used to send me bowling videos after 3-4 matches. But he never put me under any pressure on me as head coach.”
“He clearly told me there are 14 matches in the tournament and it is a T20 format. You can have 3-4 bad games, but for those remaining 10 matches, the economy must be under 7. I don’t want you going for 8-9 runs per over in seven matches and 7 runs per over in the remaining games. I’m giving you a 3-4 match margin,” Chahal told Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube channel.
“Vettori was my favourite left-arm spinner” – Yuzvendra Chahal
During his days as the Kiwi skipper, Vettori was one of the best players and he often used to contribute with the bat as well. His slow left-arm deliveries were also hard to pick, as elaborated on by Chahal.
“He was my favourite left-arm spinner. I used to learn a lot from him on how to change my pace using the same action in the same match. I used to bat against him in the nets to learn these tricks. I couldn’t read him at all.”
“He told me that it’s all about wrist position and by changing it in the last moment, it would become difficult for the batsman to read it. Then I realised that you don’t have to change the action and the only key factor is the wrist position. To this date, that advice still helps me,” Chahal added.
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