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Yuzvendra Chahal itching to perform under skipper Virat Kohli

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Chahal pointed out that he had set his eyes on making a comeback into the senior team.

Yuzvendra Chahal India
Yuzvendra Chahal India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Yuzvendra Chahal has successfully made his return to the senior team after being named in the Indian squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Chahal was ignored when the team flew to the West Indies to play a five match ODI series and the leg spinner took it as a challenge. The 27-year-old sweated it out at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, before the India ‘A’ squad toured South Africa for the tries series which also involved Afghanistan ‘A’.

The Indians defeated South Africa ‘A’ in the finals to lift the trophy and Chahal was impressive throughout the tournament. The Haryana born bowler picked up 6 wickets from the 4 matches he played. He was rewarded by the board as they offered the bowler a berth in the Indian squad for the 50 over games in Sri Lanka. With ace spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja given a much-deserved rest it will be a golden opportunity for Chahal to prove his mettle.

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Speaking to Hindustan Times, Chahal pointed out that he had set his eyes on making a comeback into the senior team. He pointed out that the IPL did not go well for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore but he never lost confidence. He says his hard work in the South Africa tour has now returned him the favour. According to the bowler, he wants to make use of this opportunity.

“The focus was on making a comeback in the Indian team,”said Chahal. “IPL-10 did not go well for my team (Royal Challengers Bangalore), but I was confident about my bowling. I have always believed that hard work pays off. I put in a lot to earn a place in the India ‘A’ team for the South Africa tour. And the performance there helped me get back to the team. I want to make the most of this chance.” added the bowler.

On Virat Kohli:

Yuzvendra Chahal showered praise on Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his abilities as a leader. Chahal mentioned that Kohli showed great support when he picked up 6 wickets in England. He mentioned that he is ready to perform for the captain in the Sri Lanka series.

“I have played under Virat Kohli Paaji for four IPL seasons,” said Chahal. “He is a great leader. He encouraged me so much when I took six wickets against England . I am excited to bowl on Sri Lankan wickets under him.” He knows my strengths. Chahal said.

“There is a lot competition when it comes to spin bowling,” added the leggie, who has picked up many tricks of the trade from former India bowler Narendra Hirwani at the NCA. “One cannot be complacent and has to aim to be consistent to make a long-lasting impression. I relish bowling on flat wickets. It is challenging and daunting. It brings out the best in me.” said Chahal.

On Rahul Dravid

Speaking about India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid and his contributions, Chahal stated “Although, Rahul Dravid was a batsman, he has enormous experience of playing all over the world,” he said. “He was happy with my performances in South Africa. I had to make adjustments to my pace as the wickets were on the slower side. And it raised my confidence.”.

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