The second biggest thing that happened during the first T20I at Kanpur after the loss of Indian cricket team was Yuzvendra Chahal edging past Amit Mishra to get a place in the playing XI. The young leggie made a surprising entry in the squad as Amit Mishra was expected to lead the spin department but skipper Virat Kohli had some other plans in his mind and he picked Chahal, out of the two available leg-spinning options. Chahal, who was playing his first game in India, said he was a bit nervous at the start but gained confidence soon.
“It was the first home series after the tour to Zimbabwe. I was a bit nervous at the start but after bowling first over, I gained confidence. Obviously, there is pressure when you play at home in front of your home crowd, but once I got into the groove, things started to ease out for me.”
Chahal has played domestic cricket under the guidance of his senior state mate Amit Mishra, who has led Haryana side on most occasions. It was surprising to see Chahal making it to Indian squad and Mishra warming the bench. When asked about the difference between his and Amit Mishra’s style of bowling, Chahal said,
“Mishi Bhaiya (Amit Mishra) has more turn as compared to me. I don’t have much of turn, plus, I bowl at much quicker pace as compared to him. I usually try to focus on line and length. But it’s not that I don’t get a turn. I do get turn by my focus is usually on line and length.”
Further talking about the plans for the second T20 game, Chahal said:
“My plans for the upcoming matches would be to bowl stump to stump line. I would figure out my bowling as per the match situation and would bowl accordingly. The way English batsman batted in the last game, the positives that we can take out is that there is always a chance for the fast bowler to get them out because they are trying to score on each delivery.”
For the Nagpur game, we might see Yuzvendra Chahal getting the support of Amit Mishra due to the nature of the Nagpur pitch, which is expected to assist spinners.