Yuzvendra Chahal not intimidated by England’s tall ODI scores

first_imgEngland might be on fire in the ODI format, what with their record-battering 481 and a 5-0 hammering of Australia but Yuzvendra Chahal, the young Indian leg-spinner is not worried about his prospects against Eoin Morgan’s men later in the summer.Last week, England blasted 481 and a few days later chased down a score in excess of 300 without breaking a sweat. Former cricketers around the world expressed concern over the health of one-day cricket.Batsmen, it seems, have the upper hand in shorter formats cricket in England, as indeed in other parts of the world. Two years ago, England had set a world record against Sri Lanka when they blasted 444. It took them less than 24 months to overhaul their own record.Virat Kohli and Co. reach Dublin for T20I series vs IrelandBut Chahal, one of the world’s leading leg-spinners, is not going to let these stats stand in the way of his dreams in England.India are now in Ireland for a short two-match T20I series before returning to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. Ask Chahal what he makes of England’s massive ODI scores in recent times and he has a ready answer: “England scored those runs against Australia, not against us. The pitches are going to be a little different. England’s spinners took the majority of the wickets and we have that advantage as well,” he said.Ireland’s Punjab-born Simi Singh says facing India will be specialIndia are no strangers in English conditions. Last year, they had reached the final of the Champions Trophy but they also saw what flat tracks could do as Sri Lanka gunned down a 300+ total against them.advertisementAfter the Champions Trophy, India invested heavily in wrist-spinners. Chahal and left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav became a regular part of India’s bowling arsenal and the two were at their best in South Africa, snaring 35 wickets between them in India’s 5-1 triumph in the ODI series.Chahal reckoned leg-spinners in general are hard to pick because of their variations. India have two and that could make matters tricky for batsmen as players around the world gear up for the World Cup next year. More importantly, the likes of Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler would be wary of India’s spin twin.”We have more variations (compared to other spinners). With left-arm spinners, you will find only the straighter ones and the normal left-arm spin.”With leg-spinners, we have four variations – the top-spin, googlies, leg-spinner, the flipper and the batsmen keep thinking what the next ball would be. If you don’t read us off our hands, it is good for us,” he said.Chahal hoped to do what he and Kuldeep do best in the middle-overs: take wickets. They did that successfully in South Africa and they hope to repeat it in Ireland and England.”Kuldeep and my job is to take wickets in the middle-overs. If you want to apply pressure on the other teams – you have to take wickets,” he said.The sensational tour of South Africa notwithstanding, Chahal is looking forward and wants to live in the moment: “The South African series is in the past. We are in Ireland now. I am very excited because this is my first tour here.”last_img

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