Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has showered praise on spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, calling him the best leg-spinner in the world at present. The veteran wrist spinner has been in the form of his life ever since he was left out of the T20 World Cup last year.
Chahal finished as the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded IPL 2022 with 27 scalps under his belt. He pipped fellow leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga to the Purple Cap by dismissing Hardik Pandya in the final.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra lauded Yuzvendra Chahal, saying, “Yuzvendra Chahal is an amazing bowler. He bowls differently from everyone else, generally all leg-spinners doing well in T20s bowl more googlies and fewer leg-spinners and try to finish the ball within the three stumps. He (Chahal) varies his line so beautifully that you feel that the guy is a Grandmaster.”
The 44-year-old also pointed out the line variations Chahal uses while bowling the leg-spinners. Chopra said, “If the ball pitches within the three stumps, it is in my arc and I can play a shot very easily but if it pitches outside the leg stump, it becomes difficult to play a shot.”
“When he (Chahal) bowls on the stumps, he turns the ball a lot, so that you cannot hit him straight. Else he goes even further outside off stump.”
“There is no better leg-spinner than Yuzi Chahal” – Aakash Chopra
Chahal, with 68 scalps, is the highest wicket-taker for Team India in T20I cricket. Aakash Chopra reserved high praise for the veteran leg-spinner and concluded by saying:
“That is why, in my opinion, just for the leg-spin skills, Yuzvendra Chahal is the best T20 leg-spinner in the world. I have great regards for Rashid Khan, I say he is probably the best T20 bowler in the world but when you talk about only the leg spin, there is no better leg-spinner than Yuzi Chahal in the world when it comes to the T20 format.”
The 31-year-old will hope to carry his hot streak into international cricket in the upcoming T20I series against South Africa, which starts on June 9.