Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has now also become a vital cog in India’s One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20Is bowling set-up, on Tuesday said he has developed two variations of googly and it will benefit him in the long run.
Speaking to the media before India’s opening T20 International against Ireland, Chahal said, “I have two googlies — one closer to the head and one more side-arm. So, I try to mix it up. Batsmen have to look at the head position, so it is an advantage for me.”
Comparing leg-spinner to the leg-arm spinner, Chahal said: “the first has more variation in their bowling than later”.
“For example, a left-arm spinner can have only two variations, but a leg-spinner has at least four variations so the batsmen are always thinking about what he is going to face next,” Chahal added.
While it’s not like wrist spinners will automatically win India matches, but the wiry Haryana bowler feels that the current conditions in England will only help his bowling.
“Wrist spinners are a recent trend, and it is not like without wrist spin you cannot win here. But I think conditions here (in Ireland and England) will help spinners. English spinners have picked up wickets in the ODI series against Australia, so that is encouraging for us. England have scored 400-plus tall scores against Australia, and not us,” he added.
This is Chahal’s first tour of the United Kingdom and he is desperate to make it count.
“Every tour is important for us, but for me, especially, this is an important one because I have come here for the first time, whether it is Ireland or England. Yesterday, I bowled in the nets in London and the weather was hot, almost same as in the sub-continent. I hope the weather stays the same and I am looking forward to more hot days like that. Whether I get to play in the first T20 or the second, I am going to enjoy my outing here,” he added.
His partnership with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been successful and he attributes it to their attacking quality.
“Whenever Kuldeep and I come on to bowl, we look to take wickets in the middle overs and put pressure on the batsmen. Taking wickets in the middle overs is the easiest way to put pressure on the opposition.”
Meanwhile, in a worrying development, young spinner Washington Sundar hobbled off the field within India’s first hour of training here at The Village in Malahide. He participated in the warm-up football game, as well as the fielding drills for a little time, though the cause of his injury was unclear.
The worry is regarding his right ankle, as he needed help from two support staff members to get off the field. An official word from the Indian team management is awaited.
-With PTI inputs.