Mumbai Indians leg-spinner, Rahul Chahar is confident of his side’s chances to make a hat-trick of IPL titles this year. The Rohit Sharma-led outfit has won the last two seasons – taking their total tally to 5 – and Rahul Chahar backs the side to make it half a dozen in IPL 2021.
Amidst the superstar line-up comprising of big-name fast bowlers, all-rounders, top-order batters, Rahul Chahar has gone, a bit, understated. He has played in most of the matches for MI in the last couple of seasons, and put on brilliant performances, including 1/14 in the IPL 2019 final against the Chennai Super Kings.
He has 28 wickets in 28 matches at an impressive economy of 7.41. The 21-year-old opines that they once again have a strong team, much similar to the last season and that the team will start as the clear favorites.
“I am looking forward to another good season with Mumbai Indians. We have the best coaching staff. We have Zaheer Khan, Mahela Jayawardene and it is an honour to take cricketing lessons from them. I am sure I will have another huge learning curve with the team once again,” Rahul Chahar told Times of India.
“I am confident that Mumbai Indians will clinch their sixth title. The way the boys are performing and are in form, especially Rohit bhaiya (Rohit Sharma), Hardik (Pandya), Krunal, Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) and Ishan Kishan, the side is looking very strong and are the favourites to win the sixth title and the third in a row. I am sure Rohit bhaiya will hit a sixer of titles this time,” he added.
IPL is the only thing on my mind right now: Rahul Chahar
The Rajasthan-born recently, against England, played his second – and third – T20I match for India – more than a year after making his debut in August 2019. He has three wickets in 3 games but has been on the expensive side.
The youngster is facing stiff competition from the likes of Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav – and maybe Yuzvendra Chahal, if he is not a confirm starter in the T20 line-up – for a place in the squad for the T20 World Cup later in the year.
However, Rahul Chahar says that he is focused on the IPL at the moment, as performances in the tournament will help him strengthen his claim for the national side.
“I made a comeback to the Indian side after almost one and a half years. It felt really good to be a part of the team once again. The wait was a long one. I worked a lot on my bowling. I worked on certain areas. I want to be consistent and play as long as possible for my team. I want to play all three formats for India.
“I don’t want to think about it (India playing XI spot) right now. IPL is the only thing on my mind right now. If I perform well, I will surely get the chance. It is the ultimate dream to reach there (Indian team),” he concluded.