India’s young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal reckons that growing under an attacking leader like Virat Kohli brought the best out of him and made him more attacking.
According to the reports of PTI, during a chat with reporters on Sunday, Chahal said, “Wrist spinners are mostly attacking but when your captain is so attacking, you get the freedom to attack more. But sometimes, we also have to take a step back and you change your plans.”
Chahal bagged 3 scalps by giving away just 30 runs in the 1st ODI of the 5-match series against Australia and made sure that Team India win the match. Talking about his combination spell with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal said, “We (both him and Kuldeep) go by the situation and since both of us are attacking bowlers, we go for wickets. Depending on the match situation, we look at things. If he bowls first, I tell him where the ball is spinning from and how we can get him out.”
He further added, “Because we both look for wickets, there is no point in playing safe. You don’t win matches that way.”
When asked about his strategy to dismiss Glenn Maxwell, Chahal replied, “I have bowled a lot to him (Maxwell) in the IPL. (Today) We had to spin him out. We could not play defensive. It was important to change our lines. If he plays a good shot, that’s fine. If he scores outside off, then he could get out.”
Chahal concluded by talking about what suggestions Kohli and MS Dhoni gave him to deceive the Aussie batsmen, he said, “Kuldeep’s deliveries come in. So, Mahi bhai and Virat bhai asked me to push it outside and keep checking his feet. (Bowl) outside off and mix it up.”