Yuzvendra Chahal, the Royal Challengers Bangalore wrist-spinner, has come out and expressed that he is quite happy with his individual performance in this year's Indian Premier League and looks forward to the busy international season ahead for him with India.
Chahal has been one of the consistent performers for RCB this season, despite their poor showing. He was recently selected to play in the limited-overs side for India's tour of Ireland and England.
He spoke about it last night, post the game against Delhi Daredevils, and said, “Just like they(England players) have videos of our games, we also have theirs. And before England, we are going to Ireland. The weather is expected to be the same as in England. I have a month left after IPL. I will go to NCA for training. There I will have a chat with my coach, Hirwani Sir (ex-India leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani, the spin coach)"
“He has also played earlier in the UK. So, I will ask him about the weather. And our A team will go first, and I have a lot of friends and will find out from them how helpful the pitches are and how the bounce is.”
RCB's bowling in tough periods has often been found out, Chahal has shouldered the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay well but he is concerned about his team's death bowling. Something he doesn't have to worry about when playing for India. Chahal talking about this said, “When you play for India, they are all our best bowlers. You take Bhuvi pa (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) or Jasprit (Bumrah), they are death overs specialists. Here youngsters may be playing for the first time. There will be big crowds and they might be feeling the pressure. We’re making mistakes in the death overs, but we’ll gradually improve.”
This year, Chahal showed a different side to his game where his wicket-taking ability got coupled with an economy rate which helps in T20 immensely. He talked about this and said, “If I am not getting wickets, then I am also giving away fewer runs. That means, this year the batsmen are not attacking me that much; though they have seen me more now, videos and all.”