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Yuzvendar Chahal has credited the former and current skippers – MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli for his splendid blowing performance in the series against South Africa.
The 27-year-old leggie has been a magnificent performer for team India and is one of the strike bowlers of Virat Kohli. Chahal was the stand out bowler for team India in the second ODI against South Africa, as he marked his career best bowling figure 5/22.
“Virat bhai tells us it doesn’t matter if we are hit for a six, but we must bowl to our strength. If your strength is to pitch it up, then go for it. When your captain tells you that, you don’t have to worry even if you have been hit for two or three sixes, you get confidence,” Chahal said to PTI after the second ODI.
“From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us,” Chahal added.
India’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal stated that Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni always backed him to bowler to his strengths and go for wickets in the middle overs even if get hit for few boundaries.
“I go for wickets and I flight the ball. I know it can go for six too, but when your captain and your team management back you, it gives you the confidence to do it. I have played in Bangalore for RCB on flatter wickets than this, so you have to play to your strengths here,” said Chahal.
The wrist spinner picked up 5 wickets by just giving away 22 runs in second ODI at centurion, got rid of Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Khaya Zondo, Chris Morris and Morne Morkel
“I think Duminy’s wicket was the best (of all five), because he is a left-hander. I have played with him in the IPL and he can change his game towards the end overs. So it was our plan to bowl slower to him and it worked.
“Whilst playing on flat tracks, you have to vary your pace. You cannot bowl at one pace. Or the batsmen will get used to it. We are bowling the way we bowl in India. We are just bowling to our strengths and we are reading the pitches very well”