Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik heaped praise on leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, and called him a ‘brave’ bowler following India’s win in the third and final T20I against New Zealand.
The hosts blanked the Kiwis by a 3-0 margin and began the new era in T20Is on the perfect note. Although Chahal didn’t have a big impact on the game other than the wicket of Martin Guptill, he will be one of the most trusted bowlers that Rohit Sharma will have, as per Karthik.
“Great to see him come back. And he showed his character. The way he bowled in the second leg of IPL, he was an absolute champion. He is the top leg-spinner in India. I always rate him very high because he is also a chess player and they are always a couple of moves ahead than normal people. And that is always a special attribute for me.“
“He’s got good skills, good variations, and is a brave bowler and he has single-handedly grown in stature in IPL. He was bought for INR 10 lakhs by RCB in 2013, and now he is beyond what it is and that shows he has improved over time and has shown his value. I’m sure he will be retained by the franchise,” Karthik said in a conversation with Cricbuzz.
“I also know Rohit trusts Yuzvendra Chahal a lot” – Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik also pointed out that Yuzvendra Chahal will be one of India’s key bowlers in the white-ball format and feels that the relationship between Chahal and Rohit is quite a sturdy one.
“He is also a very good bowler abroad as well, a very important attribute to keep in mind when India travel to Australia for the next T20 World Cup. I am sure he will be on that flight to Australia. And I also know Rohit trusts him a lot. Their relationship is not just strong off the field, on the field they have some good conversations,” Karthik mentioned.
Chahal was excellent in the IPL 2021 season where he picked up 18 wickets in 15 matches at a healthy economy of under 8. Unfortunately, he wasn’t part of the squad that went to play the recently concluded T20 World Cup.