Yuzvendra Chahal takes knowledge of chess and tactically thinking into his cricket as he executes plans accordingly says, Mike Hesson. RCB bowed out of IPL 2020 on Friday, as the side suffered a 6 wicket loss against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. The side had finished the group stage at the fourth spot with 14 points from 14 matches with 7 wins and as many losses.
Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday praised leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, saying that the spinner knows how to take wickets of the batsmen of opposing teams.
Yuzvendra Chahal Executes Perfectly As He Takes Knowledge And Tactical Thinking As A Chess Player Into Cricket: Mike Hesson
RCB bowed out of IPL 2020, as the side suffered a loss against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator by 6 wickets. The side had finished the group stage at the fourth spot with 14 points from 14 matches with 7 wins and as many losses and edged out Kolkata to reach playoffs based on superior run rate.
“I think the way he reads the game, he is a very smart player, everyone knows he is a chess player. He takes that knowledge and tactical thinking into his cricket. He knows when to attack the stumps, he knows when to bowl wide off the stumps when batters are looking to attack him. He understands his game and more importantly he is able to execute.
“This year, we certainly tried to use him as an attacking option, getting 21 wickets for a leg-spinner was very good,” said Mike Hesson during a virtual press conference.
Yuzvendra Chahal took 21 wickets from 15 matches averaging 19.28 at an economy rate of 7.08 and is 4th among leading wicket-takers and leads among spinners followed by Rashid Khan who has 19 wickets, Varun Chakravarthy who has 17 wickets and Rahul Chahar who has 15 wickets besides their names as spinners.
Yuzvendra Chahal Part Of Leadership Group: Simon Katich
RCB head coach Simon Katich also said that Yuzvendra Chahal was a part of the leadership group of the side and he played a big role in mentoring the spinners like Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Ahmed.
“We made a decision early on, we looked at who was in our squad and who has the experience, we realised that someone like Chahal has not had the exposure of being in the leadership group, we were keen on getting Chahal included in that, his inputs were outstanding especially around the young spinners, obviously Washington Sundar played a big role.
“With Shahbaz and Negi in the squad, Yuzvendra Chahal had a big role in mentoring them, hopefully, he is going to carry on for many years to come,” said Katich.
Devdutt Padikkal who debuted in IPL 2020 was the leading run-scorer for RCB as he finished with 473 runs while Yuzvendra Chahal took 21 wickets for his side. Virat Kohli finished 2nd best finishing 7 runs short of debutant Devdutt Padikkal.
Among spinners, Washington Sundar picked 8 wickets from 15 matches averaging above 35, but his economy rate of 5.96 was 3rd best. Shahbaz Ahmed picked 2 wickets from as many matches averaging 22. Pawan Negi didn’t get a game whereas overseas recruit Australian spinner Adam Zampa picked 2 wickets in 3 matches.
The Virat Kohli-led side struggled to score runs at a brisk pace during the middle phase of the innings as the likes of Virat Kohli tried to build the innings as Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali failed with the bat, and this was apparently one major reason for RCB losing its last five consecutive matches this season.