Ace leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal made a brilliant comeback during the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Sri Lanka. He was not a part of the national side in the last One Day match between these two teams.
Coming to his performance in the game on Sunday, Chahal recorded an exceptional spell of 1/19 in his quota of four overs. His only wicket included the important scalp of Sri Lanka’s in-form all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva. This outing was crucial for the 31-year-old as he has been in-and-out of the form for the past few months.
During the post-match press conference, Chahal acknowledged that currently there is stiff competition amongst the players ahead of the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup.
“Definitely, when the bench strength is so good, we have a pool of 30 players. Everyone is doing well, my focus is just on performing well. If you perform well, you stay in the team and if you aren’t, then you cannot stay in the team. I do not look at what others are doing, my focus is on giving good performances,” said Chahal during the virtual post-match press conference.
“My job is to control the middle overs” – Chahal
The Jind-born also went on to highlight his success mantra and how he worked on enhancing his skills during the lockdown in India. Yuzvendra Chahal reckoned that he understands his job and was happy to finish off the game last night.
“When I was not playing, I was working with my bowling coach and I was working on my craft. Even during the lockdown, I was looking at where I should be bowling. I backed myself before coming on this tour. We knew we were 10-15 runs short, but that is okay. Whatever the score is, we have to defend that. My job is to control the middle overs and I was very happy that I did it. I always back myself,” he added.
With 63 wickets from 49 T20Is at 25.3, Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker in the format. However, he’s still fighting for a spot in the final playing XI owing to an inconsistent run with the ball since 2019.