Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said we will see a ‘more confident Yuzi’ during the upcoming series of ODI and T20I against Sri Lanka, which starts on July 13.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who was once a key member of the Indian white ball group, has secured a significant dip in his fortune since the last 50 World Cups.
Not only in one-day matches, but Chahal has also struggled over the past 18 months to make an impact, even in the shortest format of the game.
Since the start of August 2019, the Haryana spinner has scored just 8 wickets in five ODIs at 37.12. In terms of T20Is, Chahal claimed just 17 wickets in 17 heats at an average of 37.68.
Chahal was dropped from the last two T20Is and the entire ODI series against England earlier this year, a reflection of the shrinking confidence in team management.
However, the 30-year-old shrugged off the talks about his poor form as he said the team management communicated their faith in his abilities to him.
‘My actions – I do not think it was a dive [in form] or anything. You can not perform in every game. I will try my level best. This series is very important to me, ”says Yuzvendra Chahal as quoted by Cricinfo.
‘I keep up with the bowling coach. They [management] gave us confidence, and that’s why I’m here. If it was not there, there was no one in the team [would be here]. My main focus at the moment is just this series – there has been less cricket in recent years, but it is not in our hands. Whatever series happens, we want to act. After this series, my focus will fall on the IPL, and only then the [T20] World Cup. At the moment, I’m just focusing on this tour. He added.
‘I only focus on how to get batsmen out’ – Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal last played a one-day match against Australia in November 2020 and since then he has largely played T20 cricket for his local and IPL teams.
However, the spinner said head coach Rahul Dravid reminded him that he would play the role of a senior spinner during the white ball assignments in Sri Lanka.
‘I’ve been playing an ODI series for so long, but we’ve played here before – two practice matches. [We’ve been practicing] early in the morning so we get used to the heat. It will be completely different than in 20 overs where we are on the ground for three, three and a half hours, ‘Chahal added.
Bowling in ODI cricket is difficult for a spinner in this day and time, given that only 4 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle between overs 11-40.
But Chahal believes it should not serve as an excuse, as he has been playing 50 cricket for five years now.
The right arm bone that he bowls every time is to take wickets rather than restrict the flow of runs.
‘I’ve been playing five years, 50 plus games, so I’m used to all this. This is not an excuse or anything. Now, when I bowl, I just focus on how to get batsmen out. That is it, ”he said.
‘I have some variations and just focus on not using other deliveries. You will see a more confident Yuzi in this series. I just work on my corners and generally try to bowl more. He added.