‘Happy to wear India jersey everyday’ – Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses talks of getting few chances in ODIs

'Happy to wear India jersey everyday' - Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses talks of getting few chances in ODIs
'Happy to wear India jersey everyday' - Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses talks of getting few chances in ODIs

‘Happy to wear India jersey everyday’ – Yuzvendra Chahal dismisses talks of getting few chances in ODIs

Yuzvendra Chahal, the skilled leg-spinner, acknowledges the factors that led to Kuldeep Yadav’s selection ahead of him in the ODI format. Nevertheless, Chahal remains unperturbed about his position in the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup.

Throughout the three ODIs against the West Indies, the 33-year-old Chahal didn’t find a place in the playing eleven. However, in his first appearance since the IPL, he demonstrated his prowess during the first T20I by securing two wickets in his opening over. Despite his impressive performance, India suffered a narrow defeat, losing the match by a mere four runs.

“Team combination is our priority and it is not something new. At (number) 7, we generally play Ravindra Jadeja or Axar Patel. Three spinners can only play if the wickets are spin-friendly,” said Chahal ahead of the second T20.

“Kuldeep is bowling really well. He is in a great rhythm and that’s why team is backing him. I keep working on nets so that whenever I get the chance, I will grab it,” the leg-spinner added.

As the home ODI World Cup approaches this October-November, the team’s main emphasis lies on excelling in ODIs. Even though Yuzvendra Chahal hasn’t had an opportunity to play since January, he maintains contentment as long as he continues to be a valuable member of the squad.

“We are professional cricketers. I was playing after two months; last I played was in the IPL. It is all about the preparation. This is not an individual sport; you are playing here for your team. There are times when players have to sit out for two series, so it doesn’t mean that they are not part of the team,” said Chahal, who is also a former state-level chess player.

Chahal expressed that rather than dwelling on missed opportunities, he considers himself fortunate to don the India jersey.

“I am very happy that I am getting to wear the blue jersey everyday. Also I am not sitting at home. I am travelling with the team. I am part of the team…Out of fifteen people in the squad only eleven can play,” he added.

Regarding his encounters with the big-hitting West Indian, Nicholas Pooran, Chahal shared that he relishes the challenges and enjoys the battles with him.

“I love my battles against Nicholas Pooran. Also I have got him out a few times and on some other occasions he has hit me for sixes. I try to not give him freebies or (because) I know he will hit me out of the park.”

Since his debut under MS Dhoni in 2016, Yuzvendra Chahal has had the experience of playing under various captains. Nevertheless, he firmly believes that his rapport with whoever is leading the team remains relatively unchanged.

“It’s like a family where you have four brothers. Mahi bhai was the eldest, then came Virat (Kohli) bhaiya, then Rohit (Sharma) bhaiya and now Hardik (Pandya). Equations remains the same. At the ground, we all want to win. They (seniors) gave us freedom as a bowler and Hardik also gives that space to the bowlers,” he said.

“I am here. Also I want to perform here. I think series to series. What is in the future is not in my hands.”

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