Following the convincing win by seven wickets, while chasing down the target in 49.2 overs against Australia at the ‘G’, the all-round show from the Men in Blue has added another feather in Virat Kohli’s cap owing to a first-ever bilateral series win. In bowling, promising leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal broke the back of hosts Australia by picking six wickets in the match.
High-flying India has clinched the three-match One-day International series by 2-1 after riding on the half-centuries of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav respectively.
Predominantly, Chahal was the highlight in the bowling department who bowled his heart out in the virtual final.
The elated bowler Chahal has expressed excitement while saying he has enjoyed his time while bowling in Australia in the top-flight cricket. He has set it up for the visitors by claiming two wickets in his very first over which further didn’t allow hosts crawl back. Aaron Finch-led side could manage 230 in 48.4 overs.
“I enjoyed bowling for the first time in Australia (internationals),” Chahal said during a post-match presentation.
The 27-year-old Chahal claimed his career-best figures off six for 42 at that too against Australia in the 50-over format. Chahal also equalled the record of former Indian fast bowler Ajit Agarkar. Interestingly, Agarkar also bagged the record of six for 42 at same Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 2004.
Also, Chahal stated there was something for the spin bowling. Chahal further remarked he backed himself to bowl slow and relied on his variation.
“The ball was spinning a little bit. So, I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace,” Chahal said.
It’s pertinent to mention that Chahal was brought in at the expense of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, for the ODI decider on Friday (Tuesday).
Chahal looking forward to the Black Caps series:
Before signing off, Chahal reiterated he had set sights on the impending limited-overs series against New Zealand. The first ODI will commence from January 23 (Wednesday) at McLean Park in Napier.
“Looking forward to the New Zealand series,” Chahal concluded.
India will play five ODIs before the three-match Twenty20 International. The shortest version of the format will kick off on February 6 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.