Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday picked young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as the best young talent from the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), terming the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player the best in terms of talent and temperament.
The 25-year-old Chahal took 21 wickets from 13 matches to finish as the second highest wicket taker behind pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 23 from 17 games.
“I am considering those who have temperament and not just talent. Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya are the top three. I will pick Chahal at the top as he has got the right temperament,” Gavaskar said.
“He (Chahal) is not afraid of tossing up the ball and he kept on doing that. When there is some turn on the pitch, there have to be big edges from the batsmen’s bat. Chahal also has a big heart and he is not afraid of a big hit. On many occasions, he came back after being hit for sixes to claim wickets,” he told NDTV.
Talking about Pant and Pandya, Gavaskar said, “They have also done well in the tournament though they need some improvement. But Chahal is my top pick as he has been the most consistent.”
Pant scored 198 runs in 10 matches for Delhi Daredevils while Krunal Pandya hit 237 runs in 12 matches and took six wickets for Mumbai Indians.
Gavaskar also included Chahal in his IPL-9 XI along with stalwarts Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Title winner Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain David Warner and Rising Pune Supergiants’ Ajinkya Rahane were Gavaskar’s choice as openers, followed by RCB captain Kohli and his teammate AB de Villiers at the crucial number three and four spots.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Yusuf Pathan was named at number five and India limited overs and Pune captain Dhoni as the wicket-keeper.
KKR’s West Indian Andre Russell got Gavaskar’s nod at number seven as a useful all-rounder with Chahal and Sunrisers Hyderabad trio of Bhuvneshwar, Mustafizur Rahman and Ashish Nehra as specialist bowlers.