The Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal reckons that he had a feeling of relief after ending a 2-game wicketless run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Chahal picked up his first wicket of the new season in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) 3rd IPL 2021 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday.
Yuzvendra Chahal was under the pressure of taking wickets into Sunday’s outing in Chennai, but he came back strong, delivering a four-over spell that saw him concede just 29 runs in their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite going wicket-less Chahal did the holding role as RCB defended a 149-run total.
On Sunday against the Knight Riders, Chahal was given the role of bowling in the powerplay and he did a fine job by giving away just 2 runs in the 3rd over. He came back to get the big wicket of Nitish Rana after the left-handed opener had gotten off to a start. Chahal got another wicket of Dinesh Karthik which he nearly got Shakib Al Hasan’s wicket with a delightful googly.
Talking about his first wicket, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “It’s an amazing feeling, when you are bowling well and not getting wickets, sometimes it hurts. But getting that first wicket, I felt a bit emotional.”.
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Speaking about the challenge of bowling to Russell, who was going for big hits at the death, Chahal added: “I was trying to get him out, I wanted to bowl wider because the leg-side boundary was shorter, so after three balls, I changed my field. Their run rate was over 10, I wanted to bowl more dot balls and just stuck to my plan.”
It was an important performance for Chahal who had some forgettable outings during the England series last month. RCB will next play against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai after having won all their three matches in Chennai. Chahal acknowledges the challenges of playing in Mumbai as the Wankhede Stadium hasn’t been kind for spinners so far in IPL 2021.
Describing the same, Yuzvendra Chahal said, “I have played a couple of matches there, there is good bounce and there is a bit of turn. It is a good wicket for batsmen. I will try my best there.”