The Indian leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal caught up with his teammates Kuldeep Yadav and Mayank Agarwal in a show on BCCI.tv. During the chat both the spinners revisited some of their best performances in international cricket. While Mayank Agarwal reminded Kuldeep Yadav of his hat-trick against the West Indies, Chahal recalled an incident involving MS Dhoni that helped him get the better of explosive Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell.
Mayank asked Chahal about his rivalry with Glenn Maxwell from a series when Australia toured India for a five-match ODI and three-match T20I series in 2017.
Recalling the series, Chahal revealed that he had planned the dismissal with Dhoni to bowl wide of off stump to Glenn Maxwell because he likes to hit down the ground.
Talking about Maxwell’s dismissal, Chahal said, “Me and Mahi bhai had planned to bowl him wide of off stump. I thought he will come down the track and that is why I threw the ball much wider and got the wicket.”
The leg-spinner further added that in that series, the Aussie all-rounder had opted for an attacking approach against him and as soon as he came into the attack, the Australia batsman used to start hitting big shots from the word go.
Recalling MS’s words, Chahal said, “He was impatient in that series and used to attack me as soon as I came into bowl. I had a chat with Mahi bhai on how to tackle this. He replied we’ll mix it up and won’t show him the wide delivery. So that when I bowl the ball outside off stump, it should be a wicket-taking delivery.”
Chahal had managed to get better of Maxwell three times in the ODI series and once in the second T20I on that tour.
In that series, India won the ODIs 4-1 while the T20I series ended at 1-1 after the final game was washed out without a ball being bowled.