Heaping praise on India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for his extraordinary bowling performance against England in Bengaluru, Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis has said taking six wickets is the toughest in T20 cricket as compared to Tests and ODIs.
In the series-decider, on Wednesday (February 1), Chahal joined Mendis in the list of bowlers who have taken six wickets in the shortest format of the game. Chahal’s six-wicket haul is only the third in T20Is after two from Ajantha Mendis (versus Zimbabwe in 2012 and against Australia in 2011). The 26-year old’s figures of 6/25 is now the best by an India bowler surpassing Ravichandran Ashwin’s 4/8 against Sri Lanka last year.
“It is not easy to take 6 wickets especially in T20. Literally you have to take a wicket in every 4 balls,” said Mendis.
“Accuracy and variation are the keys. If you bowl loose no batsman will show mercy to you when he is reading your balls correctly, as a bowler you have to set in your game from ball one. You get to bowl only 24 balls and there is no room for any mistakes”.
“I could not watch Chahal’s entire spell on Wednesday. But yes, I did watch the highlights. I saw him bowling. He is a good bowler,” Mendis concluded.
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