SL vs Ind, 2021 - Yuzvendra Chahal

SL vs Ind, 2021 – Yuzvendra Chahal

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Downplaying the idea that his form has dipped, the India legspinner says the team had communicated their confidence in him ahead of the SL tour

India legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has said we will “see a more confident Yuzi” during India’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka starting on July 13 in Colombo. Chahal, alongside Kuldeep Yadav, was a key member of India’s ODI squad in their lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Since that tournament, however, neither has had an assured spot. This was reflected in BCCI’s annual contracts list for the year as well, with Chahal and Yadav both demoted to Grade C, from Grade B and A respectively.

Since the end of the 2019 World Cup, Chahal averages 37.12 in ODIs and has gone at an economy rate of 6.45. Those numbers must be qualified with the fact that he has played in only five games during that period – which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic – but his being benched during the entirety of India’s three-match ODI series at home against England in March was a reminder of sorts of his diminished importance in the squad. But Chahal said the team management had communicated their confidence in him.

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