Yuzvendra Chahal has stormed his way back into the Indian team after his stupendous performance in this year’s Indian T20 League. The spinner won the coveted ‘purple cap’ for being the highest wicket-taker of the season. Since his return to the Indian team, Chahal has found himself amongst the wickets more often than not.
His heroics with the ball has garnered praise from the former Australian spinner Brad Hogg, who believes that the Indian wrist-spinner is right up there with the best in the world. He further said that Chahal has adapted well with the game after his comeback and found a method to rebuild himself to be a lethal leg-spinner in modern times.
Hogg further claimed India to be the favourites to win this year’s 20-20 world cup.
“He’s up there. I think leg-spin in T20 cricket is probably the most effective option, especially in those middle overs,” Hogg said on the sidelines of a Western Australia tourism event.
“The thing I like about Chahal is he is up there with the best, just the way he has adapted his game in the past couple of years. He had a period there where he got found out, but then he found a method to rebuild himself and get back into the contest. He has grown as an individual as well. So that’s another reason India is favourites to win the 20-20 World Cup, his growth over the last year or two. He is going to have a better tournament in Australia,” he added.
Chahal was the chief destroyer of the England batting line-up in the second ODI at Lord’s on Thursday. He decimated the England batting line-up picking up four wickets for 47 runs. The 31-yeard old also etched his name forever in the history books as he recorded the best spell by an Indian in an ODI match at Lord’s.
India were desperately looking for a spinner to pick wickets in the middle overs after the magic of the spin-duo Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal faded away after the 2019 ODI world cup. After being dropped from the 20-20 world cup last year, Chahal is making strong statements with his performances consistently and will hold the key for India in the world cup this year.