Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have added spinner Washington Sundar to their squad and that will give Virat Kohli a good variety in his bowling. RCB already have Yuzvendra Chahal in their XI and with Sundar's addition, the team looks better on paper.
Sundar emerged as a match winner in the Nidahas T20 Tri-Series triumph in Sri Lanka last month. "In Sri Lanka, Washington bowled in the Powerplay overs and I was bowling in the middle overs. In previous IPL seasons, I used to bowl in the Powerplays and was left only with two overs (during later stages). Now we have options. One can bowl in power play and can chip more in middle overs," Chahal said at a media conference.
Chahal thinks a big heart is needed in this format to make a comeback. "In this format, you are sure to get hit. For instance, in Nidahas Trophy, I was hit by Sri Lankans for 27 runs in two overs. I just told myself, you need to forget the past and make a strong comeback to pick wickets after being smashed," he said.
He added that bowling at Chinnaswamy has added confidence in him. "When you play for India, you get more confidence because of bowling at Chinnaswamy. A spinner is always worried about short boundaries, but having bowled here, I don't fear bowling anywhere," he said.
Bowling in Chinnaswamy isn't easy for spinners with the short boundaries. "I have been a successful bowler at the Chinnaswamy for the past four years despite its short boundaries."
Chahal thinks Chinnaswamy pitch this time is flatter compared to last season. "Compared to last year, the strips at the Chinnaswamy are different. It looks much better. One can expect a couple of 200-plus totals. In fact, I prefer flat wickets, for it gives our batsmen a chance to post big totals," he said.