Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has always been known for struggling to find the right balance in their playing XI and also been criticized for being too much dependent on their batting while the bowling department has often been found wanting. But one shining light in their bowling attack has always been spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The leg-spinner has always been the highest wicket-taker for the franchise and has often found himself in the running for the Purple Cap.
In the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Chahal has taken five wickets in three games so far with his triple strike in RCB’s opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) setting up an emphatic win. He has aimed to bowl his wrong ones quicker than usual ahead of the IPL and Adam Zampa’s company in the RCB camp is also helping him on that front.
Talking about the same during a recent media interaction, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “We (Zampa and Chahal) are always talking, not only in the nets. Anyway, I was trying to bowl quicker googlies this IPL along with the slower ones. If you are bowling leg spin from the fourth or fifth stump, from there you can bowl googly and the batsman think the leg spin is coming so he has to read from my hand only. If they are not reading there will be problems for sure.”
The 30-year-old, who is used to bowling in an unforgiving ground like Chinnaswamy Stadium, said the bigger grounds of Dubai and Abu Dhabi has given some freedom to the spinners to offer more flight, which is his strength anyway.
Chahal elaborated, “We play half (seven) of our matches at Chinnaswamy but here only three matches in Sharjah (which is also a small ground). With the side boundaries (in Dubai and Abu Dhabi), you can fly a little bit more. Here the wickets are fine but with bigger boundaries, batsmen really need to middle you to hit that six. Dew is a big factor. We are learning slowly how to counter that.”
Yuzvendra Chahal echoed Kohli’s views that the current squad is RCB’s most balanced since the 2016 edition in which it made the final.
When asked if coming back from the long break has any effects on his bowling, Chahal replied, “During lockdown, I only practiced for 10 days. Before the first match, I was worried about my rhythm as I had not bowled for six months. I was not sure if I would be able to bowl my variations but the first game performance gave me a lot of confidence.”