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Yuzvendra Chahal hoping to take India ‘A’ route back to national team

After being named in the India ‘A’ team for the South Africa tour, Yuzvendra Chahal is hoping to make the most of the opportunity and come back into national team reckoning

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2017 15:38 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Indian cricket team,Yuzvendra Chahal,India A cricket team
Yuzvendra Chahal (C) was not called up to the Indian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy and the tour to the West Indies.(REUTERS)

It wasn’t too long back that leggie Yuzvdendra Chahal claimed six wickets in the T20 match against England in Bangalore, becoming the first Indian bowler to do so in a T-20 game. More importantly, he was being seen as someone who also had the calibre to make it big in ODIs.

But the 26-year-old from Haryana was ignored for the ICC Champions Trophy and then again for the West Indies tour. While Chahal was ignored, another spinner, ‘Chinaman’, Kuldeep Yadav, was included in the Indian team for West Indies tour. And now, Chahal has been named in the India ‘A’ ODI team to be led by Manish Pandey for a bilateral series in South Africa, in what could be his golden chance.

“Kuldeep is a special talent. There is no other ‘Chinaman’ bowler in the country better than him. He deserved his place in the national team. The Champions Trophy and West Indies tour are over now, so there is no point in discussing about them. There are certain things which are not in anyone’s control.

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My job is to perform and give my best. I am training hard ahead of the India‘A’ tour to South Africa. I would aim to play to my potential and do well for the team,” Chahal, who had been spending time with his family post IPL-10, playing cricket in Delhi, having chess sessions and training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, said.

The IPL-10 did not turn the way Chahal would have fancied while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Although, he finished with 14 wickets in 13 matches, the Virat Kohli-led RCB finished at the dismal bottom position. “The streak of regular losses in the competition did rankle the RCB team. My confidence as a bowler was shaken too in the mid-way.

Thereafter, Virat paaji and coach Daniel Vettori intervened and infused confidence in me. It really got me going again,” Chahal, arguably the best leg-spin option that India has right now along with his state-mate Amit Mishra, told HT. Chahal, who made his ODI debut in Zimbabwe in 2016, has managed to play six T20s and three ODIs for India.

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He has been working hard on his spin bowling variations post IPL and he believes that he is best suited for flat wickets.

“It is most challenging for a spinner to bowl on flat wickets. To be able to extract slight turn and bounce on such wickets and mixing the deliveries in order to keep the batsman in check is a big task. I am such a bowler who loves this challenge of bowling on flat wickets. I have been doing a lot of work on my variations lately. I hope to apply these in South Africa and with coach Rahul Dravid’s experience, do well,” said Yuzvdendra.

He wants to get back to national reckoning through his performances for India ‘A’ in South Africa. The tour starts from July 26.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 10:47 IST