India vs Australia 2017: Kuldeep's Wicket Gave Me Confidence, Says Chahal

Paola Ditto
Settembre 21, 2017

"Wrist spinners are mostly attacking and when your captain is so attacking you get more freedom to attack", he added.

Chahal also added that Kuldeep Yadav and him never took the pressure on them as they always go by the nature of the wicket since both of them like to attack the wickets and Virat Kohli gives them the freedom to express themselves on the field. Dhoni kept both the spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the loop and gave continuously instructions. But Chahal admitted that all that attention doesn't put them under pressure. We don't think a lot about what's happening. We go by the situation and since both of us are attacking bowlers, we go for wickets. Everyone had seen the footage and watched a bit of the series in Sri Lanka where they bowled quite a few (knuckle balls).

He also admitted that with Kuldeep in the other end, things become a bit easy for him. "If Kuldeep bowls first, he tells me where the ball is turning from".

Dhoni's importance and leadership capabilities behind the wicket were on display again as Team India defeated Australia in the opening ODI at the Chepauk on Sunday.

Chasing a revised target of 164 to win from 21 overs after a long rain delay, Australia stumbled and lost wickets in a flurry to eventually lose the match by 26 runs, via the Duckworth-Lewis Method. "If from a different end there is a bowler, he gets a chance", he said.

Chahal told reporters after the big win last night. "I've bowled a lot to Maxwell in IPL so I was confident". "We certainly have not been focussing only on wrist spin". We could have perhaps played a little bit differently and try to take a little bit more time upfront.

"The plan was to get it to spin, but change the line". If he plays a good shot, that's fine.

But was there any advice from skipper Kohli?

Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli. "(Bowl) outside off and mix it up". Chahal too admitted that. Pandya and Dhoni stitched 118 runs together for the sixth wicket to scrip a recovery act for India after the top-half was blown away for only 87. If we reached 230-240 and there was turn, we had Kuldeep and Kedar bhai. But the way they played, the momentum that came through Zampa's over, and on this wicket 280 was a winning total. We have been facing fast bowlers and other net bowlers.

By his own admission, a wrist spinner "naturally gets a lot of turn", but as there is naturally more rotation, Chahal prefers keeping it flat.

Australia were undone by spin in the first one-day worldwide but skipper Steve Smith has warned his side need to be ready for India's other bowling weapons.

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