Rahul Chahar has picked up only 1 wicket in the franchises’ first three matches of the UAE league of IPL 2021, but bowling coach Zaheer Khan said Mumbai Indians are not fretting over the young leg-spinner’s form.
Mumbai Indians bowling coach Zaheer Khan voiced concerns over Rahul Chahar’s form, saying the team is happy with how the leg-spinner is bowling in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. However, Zaheer Khan conceded that Rahul Chahar is going through a challenging period and will overcome that phase to be back among the wickets sooner than later.
Rahul Chahar And Mumbai Indians Are Going Through A Tough Phase: Zaheer Khan
Rahul Chahar is one of the Mumbai Indians players whose form has nosedived after his selection to India’s T20 World Cup squad. While the likes of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, and Suryakumar Yadav have been struggling for form with the bat, Rahul Chahar has picked up only one wicket in 3 matches in the UAE after a fine outing with the ball in hand in the first leg of IPL 2021.
In India, Rahul Chahar had picked up 11 wickets from just seven matches and did well in India’s tour of Sri Lanka as well. The young leg-spinner picked up 7 wickets in 3 T20Is, following which he earned a place in the T20 World Cup squad. The spotlight is on Rahul Chahar as he was picked ahead of senior leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for the forthcoming T20 World Cup.
On Sunday, Yuzvendra Chahal played an instrumental role in helping RCB hammer MI by 54 runs as he picked up three wickets, including the big scalps of Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan.
“If you are just equating it to the number of wickets, you can say that (his form a concern for MI). But I am pretty happy with the way he is bowling. The ball coming out of his hand is absolutely fine. it’s just that in the situation of the game, you are not in that position, you can look at it that way,” Zaheer Khan told the press on Sunday.
“In terms of confidence, he is right up there. I don’t see any issues around that. It’s just about having a few tough games, when things are going tough, at times, you don’t have the rhythm going. We have not been able to get ourselves going. We have to play 40 good overs of cricket. We have been playing well in patches, but not really able to sustain it.”
Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan conceded that Mumbai Indians have not played with the aggression they are known for in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
Zaheer Khan: Mumbai Indians Known For Aggressive Nature Of Playing Cricket Isn’t on Display In UAE
The hammering to RCB was Mumbai’s 3rd defeat in UAE on the trot as the defending champions are looking less likely to make it to the play-offs. Mumbai Indians is only ahead of bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad and is languishing at the 7th spot on the 8-team table with 8 points from 10 matches and need to win all their remaining games to stand a chance of making it to the play-offs.
“We don’t have a lot of time now. We have to really get things going fast. It’s going to be must-win games for us coming up. Very important that the team sticks together. That hunger and determination are going to be important. We have got to believe.
“This team has done that in the past and there is no reason to believe we can’t. But the way MI has known in terms of dominating cricket and that aggressive nature of playing cricket, so far we have not seen,” Zaheer added.
Mumbai Indians will look to end their losing streak when they take on Punjab Kings on Tuesday. Time is running out for Mumbai after they lost all the three games post the resumption of the IPL in the UAE, slipping to the seventh spot with 8 points from 10 games.
While the five-time champions faltered in their run-chase against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team couldn’t defend its total against Kolkata Knight Riders.