The “cricket in shorts” query was a googly that the leg-spinner was not anticipating after India’s three-run win over the West Indies in a final-ball thriller on the Queen’s Park Oval, which put the guests forward in the three-match ODI collection.
March 2022 was the most popular in India since information started greater than 100 years in the past however however the sweltering climate, cricket, like all the time, continued to be performed in the nation. Chahal, one of India’s main white-ball spinners, defined why the established order ought to be maintained.
“No, no. I don’t agree with that (playing in shorts). Because we have to take care of our knees whenever you slide, it’s very hard. My two knees are already gone, there are many bruises. I think full pants work well for us,” Chahal stated on the publish-match press convention.
As the dialogue turned to Friday’s match, Chahal stated bowling in tight conditions in the IPL helped him immensely. And so are phrases of encouragement from the group administration, together with head coach Rahul Dravid.
“The coach always backs me. He tells me ‘Yuzi just back your strengths, we trust you’…,” Chahal, who gave the well timed breakthrough of Brandon King (54) in the forty fifth over to make the job harder for the West Indies in their stiff chase of 309, stated.
“And when the coaches and management gives you that much confidence you are always ready to go and perform. I always back my strengths, I knew that the ball had become old and the ball can turn and beat the batters. So I was changing my line, bowling wider because the leg side boundary was a bit small so I thought if he hits me over cover it would be better.
“This change has come from the IPL, as a result of there I used to be bowling the sixteenth, seventeenth and 18th over, so I received the arrogance from there. My function was clear, I used to be advised to bowl two-three overs after the fortieth over. So I follow accordingly and in addition plan with our bowling coach.”
In a high-scoring thriller, Chahal, who turned 32 on Saturday, finished with figures of 2/58 from his full quota of 10 overs.
The hosts needed 60 off the last 90 balls and the 56-run stand between King and Akeal Hosein (32 not out off 32) kept India on the edge. However, thanks to Chahal and Mohammed Siraj holding his nerves while bowling the last over with the Windies needing 15 for victory, India emerged winners.
“We had full religion in Siraj and that we are able to defend 5 runs in the final over as he was bowling his yorkers very effectively… He missed hardly one or two yorkers earlier.
“But yes, a little bit of pressure is always there, given the way they were batting. Sanju (Samson) stopped a certain boundary off a wide, and that raised our confidence.”
Some of the large names are lacking from the squad however Chahal stated the bowling assault nonetheless can’t be known as inexperienced.
“There was not much pressure, because if you look at the team overall, almost everyone has played a lot of first-class matches, they have gained so much experience from the IPL, so you can’t say the bowling line-up was inexperienced,” Chahal stated.
Asked about stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who made 97 off 99 balls on the prime of the order, Chahal stated, “He is a cool guy, his bonding with every player is like a brother. We talk about our plans, various situations, and sometimes we also have fun on and off the filed.”
The opener was nearer than many anticipated, provided that the West Indies have been swept apart by a visiting Bangladesh aspect 3-0 in the previous rubber.
“The wicket against Bangladesh and this wicket were totally different because there the ball was turning a lot. Credit must go to their batters, the way they batted in the middle-order. But we knew one or two wickets would put the pressure back on them,” Chahal stated.