Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses comparisons with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
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Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses comparisons with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja

Yuzvendra Chahal feels it would be unfair to compare him and Kuldeep Yadav with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, a combination which has proved itself over the years.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 17, 2017 23:44 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Visakhapatnam
India vs Sri Lanka,Yuzvendra Chahal,Ravichandran Ashwin
Yuzvendra Chahal performed brilliantly for India during their third ODI match against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam.(PTI)

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s three wickets in the final ODI played a big part in Sri Lanka collapsing from 160/2 to 215 all out. The wrist-spinner duo’s contribution helped India clinch their eighth consecutive bilateral series win and it has led to comparisons of the duo with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. (HIGHLIGHTS)

However, speaking in the post-match press conference, Chahal said the comparison with Ashwin and Jadeja was not right. “Ashwin and Jadeja have done so much in the last 5-6 years. We have played only for four-five series. If you start comparing now itself to them, it will not be right. We have played most of our games in India, one series in Sri Lanka where conditions were similar to India. We have not played much overseas,” Chahal stated. (SCORECARD)

Ashwin and Jadeja had played a brilliant role in India’s dominating run in Tests from October 2015. In 30 Tests, Ashwin took 180 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja snapped 120 wickets in 23 Tests.

‘Ball of the Match’

After getting rid of Upul Tharanga for 95, India were eyeing the key wicket of Angelo Mathews, who had scored a century in Mohali. The former Sri Lankan skipper was looking dangerous but on 17, Chahal sent him back with a ripping legbreak. Sri Lanka never recovered and the 27-year-old fondly recalled the dismissal.

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“I was getting turn from the other end while bowling quickly or slowly. I wanted to vary my pace. When you bowl flatter, the batsman thinks that the ball will not turn much. The ball to Mathews drifted in and turned away by which he played down the wrong line and got bowled. It was the ball of the match for me,” Chahal said.

Not focusing on South Africa

For all of India’s dominant run at home, the focus remains on the all-important tour to South Africa in January. Chahal said the wickets in South Africa will be good to bowl on but his focus remains on the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series starting on December 20.

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“The wickets in South Africa will be good and flat but there will be some extra bounce. That is the plus point there. We have a break for a month after the T20I series. I have a habit of taking it one series at a time. I am not thinking about South Africa at all,” Chahal added.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 22:55 IST