Can cricket be played wearing shorts? Yuzvendra Chahal does not think so. In fact, he had an emphatic “no” for an answer when a writer suggested that cricketers might be better off wearing half pants instead of trousers in the future, given that the game is often played in extreme heat. The question of “cricket in shorts” was a googly that the leg-spinner didn’t expect after India’s three-run win over West Indies off the last ball at the Queen’s Park Oval, which kept the visitors three matches ahead. ODI series.
March 2022 was the hottest in India since records began more than 100 years ago, but despite the hot weather, cricket continued to be played in the country as usual. Chahal, one of India’s leading white-ball spinners, explained why the status quo should be maintained.
“No, no. I don’t agree with that (playing in shorts). Because whenever you slide we have to take care of our knees, it’s very hard. Both my knees are already gone, There are many injuries. I totally think the pants work well for us,” Chahal said at the post-match press conference.
As the buzz went into Friday’s match, Chahal said that bowling in tough conditions in the IPL helped him a lot. And so are the words of encouragement from the team management, which also includes head coach Rahul Dravid.
Chahal did a difficult job for the team in the 45th over by getting a timely breakthrough to Brandon King (54). West Indies chased down their tight target of 309 runs.
“And when the coach and management give you so much confidence you are always ready to go and perform.
“I always backed my strength, I knew the ball got old and the ball could turn and beat the batsmen. So I was changing my line, bowling wide because the leg side’s boundary was a bit was small so I thought if he hits me over the cover it would be better.
This change has come from IPL, because there I was bowling 16th, 17th and 18th over, so I got confidence from there. My role was clear, after the 40th over, I was asked to bowl 2-3 overs. So I practice accordingly and plan with my bowling coach.” In a high-scoring thriller, Chahal, who turned 32 on Saturday, took 2/58 from his entire quota of 10 overs. Finished with figures.
The hosts needed 60 runs in the last 90 balls and a 56-run stand between King and Aqeel Hossein (32 not out on 32) kept India on the edge. However, thanks to Chahal and Mohammad Siraj bowling the last over when Windies needed 15 runs to win, India emerged victorious.
“We had full faith in Siraj and we could save five runs in the last over because he was bowling his yorkers very well…he hardly missed a yorker or two.
“But yes, looking at the way they were batting, there is always a little pressure. Sanju (Samson) smacked a certain boundary on wide, and that gave us a boost.” Some big names are missing from the team but Chahal said that the bowling attack still cannot be called inexperienced.
“There was not much pressure, because if you look at the team overall, almost everyone has played a lot of first-class matches, they have gained so much experience from the IPL, so you can’t say that the bowling line-up was there. Inexperienced,” Chahal said.
Asked about stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 97 off 99 balls at the top of the order, Chahal said, “He is a calm person, his bonding with every player is like a brother. We are working on our plans, various Let’s talk about situations, and sometimes we have fun on and off the field too.” The opener was closer than many had expected, given that West Indies had been dethroned by Bangladesh’s 3–0 previous rubber.
He said, “The wicket against Bangladesh and this wicket was completely different because the ball was turning a lot there. Credit should go to their batsmen, the way they batted in the middle order. But we knew one or two wickets under pressure. will bring it back.” them,” Chahal said. PTI AH TAP TAP
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