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ICC World Cup 2019 | Yuzvendra Chahal names Faf du Plessis’ wicket his favourite against South Africa

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ICC World Cup 2019 | Yuzvendra Chahal names Faf du Plessis’ wicket his favourite against South Africa

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SportsCafe Desk

06/06/2019

Yuzvendra Chahal has revealed that the manner in which he managed to take the opposition skipper’s wicket was his favourite of the four he picked against South Africa. The leg spinner also went onto praise Rohit Sharma’s temperamental innings that secured a comfortable victory for the Men in Blue.

Ever since becoming a regular in the starting XI for Team India, Yuzvendra Chahal has been phenomenal and has become an integral part of their bowling plans in the middle overs. With his efficient googlies and impeccable line and length, few batsmen in the world are able to read what he is going to do next and the unpredictability has earned him many crucial wickets over the years.

Having taken 20 wickets in eight innings so far in 2019, he started off his World Cup campaign in flying colours as ended up with figures of 4/51 from his ten overs, with his victims including the likes of David Miller, Faf du Plessis, Andile Phehlukwayo and Rassie van der Dussen. However, the manner in which trapped Faf before taking his wicket was the highlight of the night. Chahal, who had a FIDE rating of 1956, also mentioned how having played the game has helped in becoming a better bowler.

“Chess has taught me patience and planning. When you play chess, you normally plan 15 to 16 moves in advance,” Chahal said.

“Ditto when you bowl to a player like Faf [Du Plessis], you need to plan whether to bowl a googly or a flipper, which are the deliveries they are picking and the ones they can’t pick. Faf was playing with small forward-steps and I was drifting the ball well. The previous two balls, I had bowled the leg break. So for the wicket ball, I chose to bowl on off stump with the ball drifting in sharply. He couldn't pick it, thinking I was bowling the leg-break, and that's why the ball hit the inside of his bat and broke the stumps," Chahal told Kuldeep Yadav after the match on BCCI TV.

However, his efforts would have gone in vain had it not been for the brilliant century by Rohit Sharma, who remained not out throughout the 47 overs which India needed to chase the target of 228, scoring 122 runs in the process.

"He showed the temperament that an experienced batsman has. It wasn't easy batting there against the new ball, but he stayed and finished the match. That was huge," Chahal said of his compatriot.

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