ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal Is Not Much Worried About Their Home ODI Series Defeat Against Australia
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is not much worried about the Australian batsmen’s domination in the recent ODI series.
After India had some very successful cricket journeys in recent times, they started as the favourite in the five-match home ODI series against Australia in last March. They also started that series positively by winning the first two ODIs. However, the visiting side made a remarkable comeback in that ODI series and finally won that series by the 3-2 margin.
However, Yuzvendra Chahal believes that they don’t need to worry too much about that result. Instead, he feels that they should laud Australia’s effort in that ODI series.
Before leaving India for their upcoming World Cup assignment, Chahal told PTI, “I don’t think we need to worry too much about the Australia series. We have played enough matches against them. Obviously, you can’t win every game that you play. The manner in which Australian batsmen played us, they deserved to win. We should laud their effort and try to do better when we face them next time.”
In the upcoming Cricket World Cup, India will face Australia on 9th June at The Oval (London).
I don’t see anything different in the past six months – Yuzvendra Chahal
Indian left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played all the five matches in that ODI series against Australia and bagged ten wickets. Meanwhile, the other wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played only one game in that series where he picked up one wicket. In that ODI series, the Australian batsmen were very comfortable against the Indian wrist spinners.
Ahead of that series, Yadav and Chahal dominated in the limited-overs cricket and that too outside the subcontinent.
Chahal was asked whether he had felt something different in the last few months.
In reply, he said, “I don’t see anything different in the past six months when either I or Kuldeep played in the XI. I think most of the times when we both played. It’s all about the team combination and what exactly is required in specific conditions.”
I am not at all worried about the flat tracks in England – Yuzvendra Chahal
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. Recently, England has majorly used flat tracks for ODI cricket.
However, the eighth-ranked ODI bowler Yuzvendra Chahal is not feeling very worried about the flat pitches in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
He said, “I am not at all worried about the flat tracks in England as we are used to playing ODI cricket on flat tracks. And please don’t forget that I myself play a lot of matches every year at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is one of the best batting tracks.
“And also when we are talking about flat tracks, if as a bowler I am under pressure, even the opposition bowlers will be under an equal amount of pressure when we would be batting.”
Chahal never fears to flight the ball even in front of the most dangerous in-form batsmen. He feels that this attacking mindset is his big strength.
Chahal said, “Against the best batsmen, you can’t have a defensive strategy. When you are bowling to a Russell or a Warner, you shouldn’t think about containing them. They are such players, you have to attack them and in my mind, every delivery that I bowl to these players is to get them out. I want each and every ball that I bowl to be my best delivery.”
Obviously, it was very important to do well in IPL – Yuzvendra Chahal
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal performed well in the recently concluded IPL 2019. He finished as the most wicket-taker for his team as he picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches with an average of 21.44 and economy rate of 7.82. He feels that this IPL performance will boost his confidence ahead of the Cricket World Cup.
Chahal said, “Obviously, it was very important to do well in IPL. Before a marquee tournament like the World Cup, a good IPL acts as a confidence booster.”
India will begin their Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. They will play against South Africa at Southampton in their opening match of the tournament.
Ahead of their Cricket World Cup campaign, India will play two warm-up matches. On 25th May, India will face New Zealand at The Oval (London). In their second warm-up game, India will meet Bangladesh at Cardiff on 28th May.
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