As India prepares to face Bangladesh in the third and deciding T20I match at Nagpur in the VCA Stadium, captain Rohit Sharma met the press in order to take questions from journalists. This time he managed to identify one player who has impressed him with his consistently good performances.
That player is Yuzvendra Chahal, who came back into the team after missing out on West Indies T20Is and South Africa as well, but has done brilliantly well in the two games here keeping runs down and picking wickets in the middle overs.
“This is a very, very new unit. But Chahal, for the last two years, has been extremely consistent with how he has performed in white-ball cricket. Even in the ODI format, he has done extremely well for us,” said Rohit ahead of the series decider against Bangladesh here on Saturday.
“He bowled well in the IPL, and then his performance got recognized and he was picked for the Indian team in the ODI format. Since then, he’s been one of the important members of the squad, and he’s proved that in this series, how important he can be in the middle overs. He knows what he’s trying to do, and he exactly knows what the batsman is trying to do. He’s basically trying to stay ahead of the game, ahead of the batsman. That makes him a little more challenging for any batsman. He has understood that really well, and he’s got variation and skills,” Rohit praised Chahal.
Rohit claimed that Chahal provided him with flexibility and mentioned, “If you have that in this format, you will definitely succeed. He’s bowled well in the middle overs and even in the PowerPlay. He’s not afraid to bowl even at the end. I used him in the 18th over as well and he bowled pretty well in that over as well. He gives us so much flexibility.”
The Indian captain also felt that Nagpur will churn out a sporting wicket for the deciding T20I match and said, “Nagpur generally is a very good track to play cricket actually. It assists the bowlers also if you are bowling in the right channels. Even the Rajkot pitch there was something in there for the bowlers. Our spinners especially were getting a lot of turn. The pitch doesn’t matter if you have skills and variations in your armory.”