Vastavam web: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is focussed on making good use of the one-month break post IPL to sharpen his skill sets at the National Cricket Academy under Narendra Hirwani before embarking on India’s challenging tour of United Kingdom.Chahal has emerged as India’s frontline spinner in limited overs format alongside chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, post the Champions Trophy in June last year, taking over the mantle from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.The 27-year-old doesn’t have the prior experience of playing in the UK but he has already planned how he will go about the task on his maiden tour in six weeks’ time.
Before England, we are going to Ireland. The weather is expected to be the same as in England. I have a month left after IPL. I will go to NCA in Bengaluru for training. There I will have a chat with my coach, Hirwani Sir (former India leg-spinner),” Chahal said after RCB’s win over Delhi Daredevils in an IPL encounter.The second season is very important for any player as oppositions prepare various strategies. Asked about how he would counter all the video analysis done of his bowling, he replied: Just like they have videos of our games, we also have theirs.
Chahal has not been as prolific in the ongoing IPL as he has been during past editions but he has been keeping things tight. He has picked up 10 wickets so far in 11 games with an economy rate of 7.57.
RCB’s bowling this season has been more consistent than their batting even though they have been guilty of leaking way too many runs in the death overs.We are making mistakes in the death overs, but we will gradually improve.Defending the inconsistency of RCB batsmen, Chahal said: If we reached the final in 2016, it was because of the batsmen. In every match, they were the guys, who gave us 200 plus totals. As bowlers, we should also be aware every time, we will not get to defend 200.
While Chahal’s team won, three Delhi players Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African pacer Junior Dala and India’s U-19 star Abhishek Sharma made their IPL debut.It is not a good result for the team but I am happy with how I did on my debut. I have never opened the bowling in international cricket so it was exciting especially against a batting side like RCB. It is a big moment for me and Nepal, a proud Lamichhane, who finally made the eleven after sitting out for 11 games, said.
Was being on the bench frustrating? Actually it has been a good one and a half months for me. I have learnt a lot. We have an exceptional coach (Ricky Ponting). I have been very lucky so far. This moment doesn’t come easily but I still have a long way to go, the youngster seemed aware as to where he stood.