Chahal: ‘You can flight the ball when boundaries are big’

Young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said big grounds, such as the one at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha, give him the confidence to flight the ball in order to create a deception in the minds of the batsmen.

Chahal said he stayed confident even when the big-hitting England batsmen went after the bowlers as that ploy provided the bowlers opportunities to dismiss them.   -  PTI

If Uttar Pradesh is a factory of pace bowlers, especially swingers, Haryana has to be referred to as shop floor for spinners. Three of India’s leading spinners — Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal — represents the team, which ironically plays most of its home games on a lush green track at Lahli, where spinners hardly come into play.

With Yadav sidelined with an injury and R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja having been rested, Mishra joined Chahal in India’s T20 squad for the series against England. And Chahal justified being preferred over his senior with an impressive outing with the ball.

Chahal’s two for 23 off his quota, including wickets of both the openers in his opening over, was the only achievement of sorts for an otherwise lacklustre bowling unit in Kanpur. And the leggie, who earned the India cap during last year’s tour to Zimbabwe, had no hesitation in admitting the confidence boost he received during an impressive Ranji Trophy campaign.

“Ranji Trophy is an important tournament. I had never played so many matches in the past, but this time Mishy Bhaiya and Jayant were playing for India. So, I had a chance to grab. I had a good performance in seven matches,” Chahal said on Saturday.

For the first time in his eight seasons of first-class cricket, Chahal played more than five Ranji games in a season. And his tally of 33 wickets from seven games certainly proves that he justified the tag of being Haryana’s lead spinner.

Yuzvendra Chahal pre-match presser
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Chahal is looking forward to build on his performance in Kanpur in spin-friendly conditions in Nagpur, especially the long boundaries. “A big ground makes a difference as you can flight the ball. When the ground is big, the batsman needs to think which ball to hit. In a small ground, batsman can try hitting every ball but here he has to choose and try,” he said.

Jordan hopes to be picked for IPL

The date for the IPL player auction is yet to be decided. But many of the England players are trying their best to attract a bid from the franchises during the auction, whenever it happens.

Fast bowler Chris Jordan was the latest to join the group. “I’m going back into the auction and obviously hope to get picked up,” said Jordan, who had a fruitful outing in IPL 2016 after joining as Mitchell Starc’s replacement for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“It’s a tournament I really enjoyed, it really helped develop me as a player from that mental point of view, playing in front of big crowds every other day almost and you’re under a lot of pressure to deliver and perform. With Bangalore we made it to the final and obviously we want to go that one step further but it’s a tournament I really enjoyed, it’s done really well and hopefully I go back and get picked up.”

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