ENG v IND 2018: Current form of English batsmen not a cause of worry for Yuzvendra Chahal

"England scored those runs against Australia, not against India", says Yuzvendra Chahal.

England's Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy are in sublime form with the willow at the moment | Getty Images

World-class leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is really not scared with England's batting prowess at their home soil when India will lock horns against the three Lions in the limited overs’ series next month.

Last week, Eoin Morgan-led England Cricket Team’s rampant batting display humiliated the Australian side in the five-match One Day International series, won the series with 5-0 at home. During the series, England has also posted the highest score of 481 in the One Day cricket till date. 

They are currently the No.1 ranked One Day side in the world and seem favorites against India and with their batsmen currently performing the way they are. 

But Chahal believes that the English conditions “will be much different” next month, as the variations possessed by Indian spinners will ensure that the hosts do not get a free run. Chahal and Kuldeep off late have been blossoming in India colours and will certainly Test the batting line-up which has recently tested the inexperienced Australian bowling attack. 

As per reports in Sport360, Chahal told reporters on the eve of the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin, “England scored those runs against Australia, not against us. The pitches are going to be a little different. England’s spinners took the majority of the wickets and we have that advantage as well.”

On his own plan against England batters, the wiry Haryana bowler said, "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 signed off by explaining, “We have more variations (compared to other spinners). With left-arm spinners, you will find only the straighter ones and the normal left-arm spin. With leg-spinners, we have four variations – the top-spin, googlies, leg-spinner, the flipper and the batsmen keep thinking what the next ball would be. If you don’t read us off our hands, it is good for us.”

He is currently with Indian Team in Ireland to play two-match T20 International series in Dublin with first gets underway on Wednesday (27 June) followed by final on 29 June at the same venue.


By Rashmi Nanda - 27 Jun, 2018

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