Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said that the 31-year-old leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is only the second leg-spinner after legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble to play consistently for India National Cricket Team.
Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble is regarded as one of the most successful spinners of all time and he is India’s highest wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket as he picked 619 wickets in the purest format of the game and 337 wickets in One Day Internationals.
Meanwhile, white-ball specialist Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker in T20 Internationals as he has bagged 74 wickets in 59 games.
In the recently concluded five-match T20I series against South Africa, which ended in a 2-2 draw after the series decider was washed out, Chahal started off poorly however he made a strong comeback and ended the series with 6 wickets in his bag.
He will definitely emerge as a trump card in Australia – Sanjay Bangar on Yuzvendra Chahal
Former India batting coach feels that Chahal, who was not included in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad, will be India’s trump card in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
“Yuzvendra Chahal is a player who was missed a lot in the last World Cup. He will definitely emerge as a trump card in Australia and give the Indian team good success,” said Bangar on Star Sports.
“If any leg-spinner has played consistently for a long time for India, that is Anil Kumble. After Anil Kumble, if any wrist-spinner has played consistently for India or a long time, it is Yuzvendra Chahal.”
Bangar further added that playing at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru for Royal Challengers Bangalore for a long time had a positive impact on Chahal.
“Absolutely, it has played a huge role. It is tested how big a heart you have. When you learn to get hit and are not afraid of getting hit, then you learn how to bowl.
“He changes his seam position slightly, bowls different-different lines, this has been his strength. He has brought a very good aspect in his game, that is to bowl on wider lines to both right-handers and left-handers. That learning that he has got has come from Chinnaswamy only,” he said.
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