India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the architect with the ball against Australia in Chennai, lauds skipper Virat Kohli while revealing the latter has shown belief in him which made him attacking with the white ball after being given a leeway, in his early days of international cricket.
In the rain-curtailed series opener of the five-match One-day International series on Sunday, Chahal believes playing under the dynamic leader like Kohli, has moulded him to deliver according to the best of his ability, in the remainder of the 50-over series.
“When your captain is so attacking, you get freedom to attack more,” Chahal was quoted as saying by PTI.
Believing in attacking form of the cricket, Chahal was speaking to the media persons after the hosts led by Virat Kohli, who has now nine consecutive wins under his belt, after claiming a 26-run win over Australia owing to the Duckworth Lewis Method (DLS) on Sunday (September 17).
Backed by the skipper Kohli for showing courage in gentleman’s game, the promising 27-year-old reiterated plans are meant to be chalked out when the conditions demand during the game.
“But sometimes, we also have to take a step back and you change your plans,” Chahal said.
The pick of the bowlers while donning the national colours, Chahal bagged three wickets after conceding 30 runs in five overs. The wily customer bagged the wicket of threatening Glenn Maxwell, who scored 18-ball 39, as his cameo was comprised of four sixes and three boundaries.
“I have bowled a lot to him (Maxwell) in the IPL [Indian Premier League. We had to spin him out. We could not play defensive. It was important to change our lines,” Chahal revealed.
Chahal also dismissed gloveman Matthew Wade (9 of 10) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (9 of 7).
“Mahi bhai [Ms Dhoni and Virat bhai asked me to push it outside and keep checking his feet. (Keep the line) outside off and mix it up,” Chahal asserted.
On the other side, the wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets, in a bid to pressure take off the pressure from Chahal when both were bowling in tandem – to pile-up the miseries for Steven Smith-led Australia.
“We go by the situation and since both of us [Chahal and Kuldeep] are attacking bowlers, we go for wickets. Depending on the match situation, we look at things,” Chal maintained.
Pertinently, Chahal also echoed the words of Australian left-arm orthodox spinner while expressing the wrist spinners are quite often attacking with the white-ball.
“Wrist spinners are mostly attacking,” Chahal added.
Chahal stressed the matches are not won by going defensive in approach, as he further went on to add that there is no position to prove while not opting for the chances straightaway in the game.
“Because we both look for wickets, there is no point in playing safe. You don’t win matches that way,” Chahal concluded.
Chahal his international appearance for India in 2016, has bagged 14 wickets each in ODIs and Twenty20 fixtures after playing eight 50-over matches and seven T20Is respectively.