Yuzvendra Chahal: ‘You will see a more confident Yuzi in this series’


Dismissing his dip in form, the legspinner says the team management has communicated its confidence in him ahead of the Sri Lanka series

India legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has said we will “see a more confident Yuzi” during India’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka starting from July 13 in Colombo. Chahal, alongside Kuldeep Yadav, was a key member of India’s ODI squad in their lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Since that tournament, however, neither of them has had an assured spot. This was reflected in BCCI’s annual contracts list for the year as well, with Chahal and Yadav both demoted to Grade C from Grade A and B respectively.

Since the end of the 2019 World Cup, Chahal averages 37.12 in ODIs and has gone at an economy of 6.45. Those numbers must be qualified with the fact that he has played in only five games during that period – which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic – but his being benched during the entirety of India’s three-match ODI series at home against England in March was a reminder of sorts. Chahal though said that the team management had communicated its confidence in him.

“My performance – I don’t think it was a dip [in form] or anything,” Chahal said ahead of the Sri Lanka ODI series. “You can’t perform in every match. I will try my level best. This series is very important to me.

“I keep having conversations with the bowling coach. They [management] have given us confidence, and that’s why I’m here. If it wasn’t there, no one in the team [would be here]. My main focus at the moment is just this series – there has been less cricket over the last year, but that’s not in our hands. Whatever series happens, we want to perform. After this series, my focus will be on the IPL, and only then the [T20] World Cup. Right now, I’m focusing on this tour only.”

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