Yuzvendra Chahal in action during 2nd T20I against South Africa in Cuttack (BCCI Photo)
Yuzvendra Chahal in action during 2nd T20I against South Africa in Cuttack (BCCI Photo)

Yuzvendra Chahal returned 1/49 in his four overs in the second T20 International against the Proteas at Cuttack, fresh from a highly successful IPL 2022 spell where he won the Purple Cap for taking most wickets (27 scalps averaging 19.52 in 17 games).

Heinrich Klaasen of Proteas smashed 81 off 46 deliveries to lead South Africa’s tricky chase as they beat India by four wickets in the second T20 International on Sunday. Needing 149 for victory in Cuttack, the Proteas rode the stumper’s blistering batting show that comprised seven fours and five sixes. It was his fourth T20 half-century, which came off just 41 balls in hot and humid conditions.

Heinrich Klaasen scored 81 runs from 46 balls in the 2nd T20I against India. Photo : AP
Heinrich Klaasen scored 81 runs from 46 balls in the 2nd T20I against India. Photo: AP

Yuzvendra Chahal Was Expensive In Both T20Is Against Proteas

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets in the powerplay, leaving the opposition tottering at 29 for three. While the senior paceman rattled South Africa on a tough batting pitch, Heinrich Klaasen and Temba Bavuma, who made 35, put up a 64-run stand to put the chase back on track.

India’s main tweaker Yuzvendra Chahal was expensive as well in both T20Is. Fresh from a highly successful IPL spell where he won the Purple Cap, the leggie returned 1/49 in his four overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter
Yuzvendra Chahal Image Source: Twitter

Yuzvendra Chahal removed Temba Bavuma in the 13th over but got hit for 23 runs in the 16th. In-form David Miller launched a hit over long-on for a 91-meter six before Heinrich Klaasen inflicted further damage with two more maximums against the Indian leg spinner.

Gautam Gambhir Felt Yuzvendra Chahal Needed To Have An Attacking Mindset

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has questioned Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling approach, saying the seasoned bowler didn’t vary his pace and focussed just on bowling it tight. He labeled wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as an attacking option and said he should have searched for wickets as well.

“It’s very important to vary your pace. If Chahal thinks ‘I’ll bowl tight and get wickets’, it’s not going to happen. That’s the job of a left-arm spinner. A finger spinner is your defensive bowler but a wrist spinner is your attacking option.

“He (Chahal) needs to have an attacking mindset. He can give 50 runs in four overs. But if he picks up three wickets, he can take the team to a situation from where it can win the match. But if he concedes 40-50 runs and gets just one wicket, it’s a problem,” Gambhir said after the game.

“He needs to bowl slow and tempt the batter. No issues if he gets his for a couple of sixes. In the second T20I, none of the SA batters tried to step out against Chahal. They were hitting the leg-spinner from the crease, which means he (Chahal) was trying to bowl it fast. We expect those kinds of deliveries from Axar, not Chahal,” he further added.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Credits: Twitter)

Notably, stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant had given just 2.1 overs to Yuzvendra Chahal in the series opener. The bowler had conceded 26 runs in 13 deliveries in Delhi. Overall, he’s now conceded 75 runs in the last two T20 Internationals. Following India’s four-wicket loss on Sunday, Rishabh Pant admitted that the performance of both Indian spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel, wasn’t up to the mark.

“The spinners have (need) to come (perform) better into the game,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Rishabh Pant’s captaincy has become subject to intense criticism in both losses. His lack of utilization of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was frowned upon in the first T20I match. Rishabh Pant didn’t complete Yuzvendra Chahal’s full quota of overs, giving him only two until the 19th over of the innings.

The wicketkeeper-batter brought Yuzvendra Chahal for the final over but by then, the game was already in South Africa’s bag with the side needing merely four more runs to win. The leg-spinner conceded 26 off his 2.1 overs in the first T20I against South Africa in Delhi on June 9.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Purple Cap winner was taken off the attack entirely after the eighth over. Fellow spinner Axar Patel completed his quota of overs and recorded figures of 1-40 in his spell.

In the 2nd T20I, he was criticized for relying upon Yuzvendra Chahal and the second spinner, Axar Patel, too much when the situation demanded a fast-bowling-led strategy. In the 2nd T20I, Yuzvendra Chahal was too expensive (1/49 in 4 overs) while Axar Patel gave 19 runs in only 1 over.