Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal shares a beautiful bond with India’s newly appointed T20 captain Rohit Sharma. As the team is all set to play under Rohit in the shortest format, Chahal opened up about his relationship with Sharma which also helps them inside the ground as well.
While speaking to the Times of India on playing under Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal said: “I have always had a special bond with Rohit. We are like family. Be it him or Ritika Bhabhi, they have always treated me like a younger brother. We always went out together for dinner.”Whenever we are on the field, I always share my views with him, like the time we got Kuldeep (Yadav) to bowl from a certain end to Babar Azam in the 2019 World Cup and got him out.”
He further added: “Our relationship is beyond our cricket. That helps on the field too when you trust someone so much. It’s always good to know that if I share something with him, there will be a positive response and vibe.”
The upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting November 17 in Jaipur, will be Rohit Sharma’s first assignment as full-time T20I captain.
However, Rohit Sharma has so far led India in 19 games in the absence of Virat Kohli, where he has won 15 as well. Chahal, who has been India’s first-choice wicketkeeper for the last few years, was axed from the 2021 T20 World Cup squad because of his poor show in recent times. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 18 wickets in IPL 2021, the second-highest wicket-taker for RCB after Harshal Patel who claimed a record 32 scalps.
“I was not dropped in four years and then I got dropped for such a marquee event. I felt really bad. I was down for two-three days. But then I knew the second leg of the IPL was still around the corner. I went back to my coaches and spoke to them a lot. My wife and family were constantly encouraging me. My fans kept putting out motivational posts. That buoyed me. I decided to back my strengths and overcome my confusion. I couldn’t have sulked for long because that would have impacted my IPL form,” Yuzvendra Chahal concluded.