Simon Katich, the Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach, has thrown his weight behind the premier spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, who is going through a lean patch currently. The leg-spinner has picked up just 4 wickets in 7 matches so far, at a disappointing average of 47.50 and a middling economy of 8.26.
Before the IPL, he was dropped from the Indian team as well – during the 5-match T20I series versus England, Chahal managed to pick three wickets in three matches and leaked runs at 9.92 per over; he was replaced by Rahul Chahar, who is in brilliant form for the Mumbai Indians having picked 11 wickets already in 6 matches.
Speaking after the loss to Punjab Kings, where Chahal returned with figures of 1/34, Simon Katich declared that the spinner will remain in their plans and just erred with his lengths. He, however, praised Chahal for making a strong comeback with a wicket after Chris Gayle and KL Rahul had hammered him for runs in his first couple of overs.
“I wouldn’t say his (Chahal’s) spot is under the scanner. I think, today they (PBKS) bowled a much better length than we did. In terms of the way the wicket played, it certainly looks it got slower and slower as the game went on. We were off our length a little bit, but Yuzi (Chahal) fought back well after a slow start. But it’s never easy to play catch-up as a spinner when you’ve been hit in the first over,” said Simon Katich during the post-match press conference.
Expect us to come back strongly against KKR: Simon Katich
Another concern for Simon Katich and his team is the leakage of runs in the death – yes, the old foe of RCB has come back to haunt them as Harshal Patel, the purple cap holder, after his brilliant death bowling display in Chennai, has been taken to cleaners in the last four games in Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The coach acknowledged that they have slipped on that aspect and have addressed it. Simon Katich is confident that the side will bounce back strongly in their next outing which is versus Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.
“It’s something we addressed when it happened in Mumbai (against CSK). We’ll address this (loss to PBKS) in the review once the dust settles. We learnt a lot after the CSK game in Mumbai and expect the same after today’s loss and come back strongly against KKR,” the former Australia opener stated.