Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is gearing up for the limited-overs series in the United Kingdom and has added two new variations in his armory. The leggie will play a key role in deciding how well India finishes in the ODI and T20I series against England. Before playing the English team, India will face Ireland on Wednesday.
"I have two googlies -- one closer to the head and one more side-arm. So, I try to mix it up. Batsmen have to look at the head position, so it is an advantage for me," Chahal said before India's first T20I against Ireland.
Chahal said the leggies have more variations in their deliveries compared to the left-arm spinner. "For example, a left-arm spinner can have only two variations, but a leg-spinner has at least four variations so the batsmen are always thinking about what he is going to face next," said Chahal.
Wrist spinners don't ensure victory, but Chahal thinks the English conditions will help him. "Wrist spinners are a recent trend, and it is not like without wrist spin you cannot win here. But I think conditions here (in Ireland and England) will help spinners. English spinners have picked up wickets in the ODI series against Australia, so that is encouraging for us. England has scored 400-plus tall scores against Australia, and not us," he added.
The 27-year-old is on his first tour of the UK and wants to make it a memorable one through his performance. "Every tour is important for us, but for me especially this is an important one because I have come here for the first time, whether it is Ireland or England. Yesterday, I bowled in the nets in London and the weather was hot, almost same as in the sub-continent.
"I hope the weather stays the same and I am looking forward to more hot days like that. Whether I get to play in the first T20 or the second, I am going to enjoy my outing here," he added.
Chahal feels, he and his partner in crime Kuldeep Yadav's partnership will set the tone for India. "Whenever Kuldeep and I come on to bowl, we look to take wickets in the middle overs and put pressure on the batsmen. Taking wickets in the middle overs is the easiest way to put pressure on the opposition."
(With inputs from PTI)