Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has talked about his experience of working under the team’s coach Rahul Dravid ahead of India’s tour of Sri Lanka.
India and Sri Lanka are set to face each other at the upcoming six-match limited-overs series, starting from July 18. Team India has appointed an entirely new management for these games as Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the captain and vice-captain of the side respectively while Dravid will be the coach.
Ever since the selection of Dravid as the coach of the side was confirmed, several former cricketers and experts expressed their joy at watching him in the new role. Meanwhile, during a virtual press conference ahead of the series, Chahal highlighted that:
“He said, do whatever you want to do, be focused on whatever you are doing. He told me, you are a senior and need to guide the youngsters in the team. Also, he said the series is important for me and I am focused on that only.”
“When I bowl, I only focus on how to get batsmen out”
Yuzvendra Chahal has proven his mettle in white-ball cricket time and again, however, he has been a bit off-colour since the past few months. Chahal had lacked his prime form while playing for both team India as well as his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
As a result, this series won’t be less than an acid test for the 30-year-old before the all-important ICC T20 World Cup later this year in the UAE.
“Yeah…I am playing an ODI series after a long time. We already played two practice matches here. ODIs are different compared to T20s. I have played 50-plus (ODI) matches, so it should not be an issue. “And when I bowl, I only focus on how to get batsmen out. That’s it,” he added.
India’s tour of Sri Lanka was earlier scheduled to begin on July 13. However, the series has been delayed after several coronavirus cases were reported in the SL camp and the entire home team is under mandatory isolation.