We Didn't replace Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja - Yuzvendra Chahal

We Didn’t Replace Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal, Virender Sehwag, Birthday
Chahal turns 29 on July 23. Getty Images)

The much-improved leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s success story is not less than a fairytale. He has made the entry in the national team on June 11, 2016, which further saw him delivering regularly. However, the humble bowler believes he and his spin bowling partner – Kuldeep Yadav haven’t replaced prominent faces of India in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Interestingly, both Ashwin and Jadeja has been regularly featuring at the Test set-up.

Over the years, the incorporation of Chahal and Kuldeep into the team has benefitted the Men in Blue. The done has done tremendously well in the white-ball cricket.

In between, it wasn’t easy for the dup to come at the expense of prominent bowlers. Fortunately, the rapid rise of Chahal alongside Kuldeep has made things difficult for Ashwin and Jadeja to make it back it to the playing XI, particularly in the white-ball format.

However, Ashwin is yet to make it to the ODIs since 2017 following the culmination of the Windies series. On the other side, Jadeja’s return augured well for Team India during the Asia Cup in 2018 when Rohit Sharma-led India to its fifth Asia Cup title in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Yuzvendra Chahal terms it ‘wrong’ on their comparison with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja:

Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
Ashwin-Jadeja has bowled in tandem for India. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Chahal, in his recent interview reiterated that it’s not right to say that they’ve replaced the senior duo.

“It is wrong to say that we replaced them,” Chahal told IANS.

The Haryana star maintained it would be an injustice if they would be compared with the prominent faces of the Indian teams. He added Ashwin and Jadeja has played plenty of matches and have done the bulk of the job for their team.

“They have played so many matches and have got so many wickets to their name. Comparing us to them would be unfair,” Chahal added.

Ravindra Jadeja has given me advice: Chahal

Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja has played an imperative role for Team India. Photo Credit: BCCI.

While revealing about the interactions with Ashwin and Jadeja, Chahal stated Jadeja’s inputs had helped his cause.

“I have not played much with Ashwin but Jadeja has never shied from giving me any advice or helping me out in any way,” Chahal elaborated.

Well, with World Cup fast-approaching, Chahal is focusing on the twelfth edition of the ODI showpiece. He is keen to play his part at the World Cup. The quick learner of the game has plenty in his bag to deceive the oppositions when India will kick-off their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.

Besides, the World Cup will run between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor