Yuzvendra Chahal has proved to be one of the finest white-ball spinners in India. He has consistently picked wickets for the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The right-arm spinner again showcased his bowling prowess in the first ODI against West Indies on Friday, July 22 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. He credited the Indian head coach Rahul Dravid for backing him to bowl the tough overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal was given the responsibility of bowling in the slog overs by the Indian team in the first ODI. He repaid the faith shown in him by taking two wickets for fifty-eight runs in ten overs. The spinner dismissed well-set batter Brandon King and Rovman Powell in the innings, defending 308 runs. India eventually won the match in the final over by three wickets.
Yuzvendra Chahal thanked the coach and expressed that he always backs the spinner to do well. He said as quoted by the Times Now,
“The coach always backs me. He tells me ‘Yuzi just back your strengths, we trust you’. I always back my strengths, I knew that the ball had become old and the ball can turn and beat the batters. So I was changing my line, bowling wider because the leg side boundary was a bit small so I thought if he hits me over cover it would be better.”
.@yuzi_chahal picked two crucial wickets & was our top performer from the second innings of the first #WIvIND ODI. 👏 👏 #TeamIndia
A summary of his bowling performance 👇 pic.twitter.com/AfAhOPX4aE
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 22, 2022
I plan according to my role in the team: Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal also credited his performances in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals. The spinner bowled in the death overs, which gave him the confidence to do well in such situations. Chahal excelled in the role and finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker.
“This change has come from the IPL because there I was bowling the 16th, 17th, and 18th over, so I got the confidence from there. My role was clear, I was told to bowl two-three overs after the 40th over. So I practice accordingly and also plan with our bowling coach,” said Yuzvendra Chahal.
India will take on West Indies in the second ODI on Sunday, July 24 at the Queen’s Park Oval. The visitors are leading the three-match ODI series 1-0, after winning the first ODI by three runs.
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