Chahal ready to lead the spin department for India in Zimbabwe

Prince Singh / 03 June 2016

Yuzvendra Chahal is all set to lead the spin attack for India in the upcoming tour to Zimbabwe. The Royal Challengers Bangalore leggie earlier had a tremendous season when he took 21 wickets in 13 matches after a poor start to IPL 9. He went on to be the second most wicket-taker of the season which helped him earn a spot in the Zimbabwe tour.

Chahal expressed his excitement over  playing under MS Dhoni.

He said, “I am just waiting for my chance. It’s the first time I am going to play under Dhoni Sir. I am really excited. Dhoni is the best captain and is really calm.”

The national camp will be starting from June 3 and he is expecting to be in the playing eleven. Axar Patel will be the only experienced spinner in the bowling department and Chahal is expected to be in ahead of Jayant Yadav because of being a leg spinner and his IPL stature.

He added,” IPL is an international tournament and you get a chance to bowl to legends. When you bowl to these guys and do a good job you get confidence. I mixed up my variations, varied the pace with googlies and flippers.”

Being with a team like RCB helped him a lot as he shared the dressing room with players like Virat Kohli, de Villiers, Gayle, and Vettori.The leggie praised Kohli and Vettori for helping him.

“If someone hit me for two-three sixes, Virat would console me and say you are bowling fine. Vettori always helps me in the nets”, said the 25-year-old leggie.

Chahal’s domestic career had been short but impressive. The young spinner from Haryana once played for India under 12 in numerous tournaments. He had taken a career best of 6/24 in List matches and also picked up 82 wickets in all T20 competitions. He came to limelight when he took 34 wickets in the under 19 Cooch Behar trophy. He had been a former chess and represented India at junior levels too. He owes a lot of success to Chess.

He said,” You have to use your brains in chess. Sometimes when you go for runs you have to use your intelligence to outsmart the batsman. Chess has helped me in that way. It has really helped my game to become mentally strong.”

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