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India’s limited-overs leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal understands that he needs to play more red-ball matches at the domestic circuit to break into the national Test side. Chahal has thus only played 31 First-class matches in which he has taken 84 wickets at an average of 33.21. Hence, the Haryana leg-spinner knows that he needs to play more Ranji Trophy to knock on the door of national selection.
Meanwhile, Chahal has been an integral part of the limited-overs side since 2017. He made his ODI back in 2016 against Zimbabwe but he has been playing regularly after the 2017 Champions Trophy. The leg-spinner has impressed with his skills in the white-ball version and he can definitely do well in the red-ball format.
Yuzvendra Chahal has ticked the right boxes in limited-overs formats
Chahal has shown a big heart while bowling in the T20I format and he is not afraid to go for the runs. The leg-spinner always tries to hunt for the wickets, which is his biggest quality.
“Test cricket is the most challenging. In recent years, Ashwin bhai and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) plus Kuldeep have done well for India,” he said while talking to Hindustan Times.
“I too want to play Tests but for that I need to play more red-ball cricket at domestic level. I have played just 31 first-class games. I need to spend more time bowling in Ranji Trophy perhaps and also make an impression.”
Meanwhile, Chahal made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians and played a solitary match for the Rohit Sharma-led team. However, he was mostly warming the benches but the stint gave him the opportunity to pick the brain of Harbhajan Singh. Chahal also praised Ravichandran Aswhin for his consistency in the red-ball matches.
“I played with Bhajji paaji for three years in the Mumbai Indians. He has been a great influence. I have learnt from him how to be aggressive as a spinner and attack the batsman.
“Ashwin bhai is a consistent bowler. I hope I can follow in their footsteps and serve India for a long period.”
“Both are legends. I have played U-15 cricket with Virat paaji. He is exceptional when it comes to discipline, setting an example and motivating others. Even if I am being hit by a batsman, Virat turns to me and talks me out of that negative mindset.
“That rapport is also there when we play for RCB. Virat and Rohit bhai are like elder brothers. Both have achieved so much for India. They inspire all of us.”
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has scalped 91 wickets in 52 ODI matches at 25.83. Chahal has snared 55 wickets in 42 T20I matches but he is yet to make his Test debut.