Yuzvendra Chahal to bat at number three during NZ T20I series, jokes Rohit Sharma
"I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s."
Updated - Feb 4, 2019 12:47 pm
Ever since Yuzvendra Chahal top-scored for India in the fourth ODI against New Zealand, he has not stopped talking about it. The tail-ender, who is not known for his batting abilities, managed to score 18 during a disastrous batting show from the rest of the Indian team. In tough conditions, India were all out for just 92 as New Zealand managed to win their first game of the series with a comprehensive 8-wicket win.
While 5 of India’s top 6 batsmen failed to get into double digits, Chahal managed to provide some resistance, top-scoring with the willow to help India recover from 40 for 7 and post 92. He also shared a 25-run stand with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav which was the highest partnership in the match for India.
But the normalcy restored on Sunday as Indian batsmen did well on Sunday in the fifth ODI. Although the top-order failed once again, the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya played fine knocks to help India recover from 18 for 4 and post 252. In reply, New Zealand were all out for just 217.
With the mood in the camp upbeat following the impressive win, Chahal hosted his skipper Rohit Sharma on Chahal TV. Keeping up with the nature of the show, Chahal cheekily asked Rohit if he can be promoted to bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence during the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand starting February 6.
In reply, Rohit came up with a hilariously said
“He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match which goes on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s.”
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— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019
Rohit all praise for the team
Rohit Sharma also heaped praise on the team after the all-round effort saw the Men in Blue bounce back from the big defeat in the fourth game to win the final game by 35 runs. In doing so, India won four games in a five-match ODI series in New Zealand for the very first time.
A delighted Rohit said, “Beating New Zealand in New Zealand has never been easy for any team. Even when we won in 2009, it was not an easy series. They had a strong team then and they play very well at home. The way they have been playing cricket for the last two years, it was never going to be easy for us. But all our boys played well.”