Stint with MI helped me perform: Chahal

Royal Challengers Bangalore leggie credits Anil Kumble for good show with the ball

Dubai 19 April 2014
In RCB’s match against MI, during over 1, ball 3, it would have been tough being Yuzvendra Chahal. He had just dropped a dolly off Mitchell Starc’s bowling, at point. It seemed like a costly drop – that of Michael Hussey. An RCB fan, who had just got off his seat expecting a catch, sat back with a thud. Sheer dejection; and the cause: Chahal.

But cricket is not known as a game of levelers for nothing. Three overs later, Hussey was caught at point by Chahal. Within minutes, Chahal’s game had changed and it only got better after the end of the first innings. Mumbai Indians had been restricted to just 115 in their 20 overs. Chahal’s figures read four overs and two wickets while giving away just 17 runs.

In a post match chat with, the 23-year-old leggie spoke about his stint with the Mumbai Indians that helped him perform for RCB. He also talked about his current captain, who has backed his abilities as a bowler.

Here are excerpts from his interview:

Two wickets, a catch and two wins for RCB. You couldn’t have asked for a better start.

It is a great feeling to bowl well for your team and see your team end up on the winning side. It is good to have back-to-back victories, and to get a win against a strong side like Mumbai Indians is special.

Did you sulk after dropping Michael Hussey in the first over of the match?

I felt extremely disappointed. And it is a sin to drop a player like Michael Hussey. But I was not put under pressure by the side. None of the teammates or our captain, Virat Kohli, said a word after the dropped catch.

Were you even more eager to perform after the dropped catch?

I was charged up after that and wanted to put in double my effort so that I do not commit the same mistake again. Luckily, I got a chance to catch Hussey again, and this time, I made sure I don’t drop it. I was relieved after that.

Previously, you have been a part of Mumbai Indians for three years. How helpful has it been to have Anil Kumble coach you?

Anil Kumble sir worked with me a lot last year when I was with the Mumbai Indians. He worked on my action, line and length and my googlies, which was helpful. He also told me at what pace the googlies need to be bowled for them to be effective.

Did your stint with the Mumbai Indians help you plan better for Rohit Sharma’s wicket?

I have seen the way Rohit Sharma bats, and today, I went with the plan of bowling at the right channels to him. I bowled the googly to him and he played an aerial shot, which helped me take his wicket. Same is the case with Kieron Pollard; I knew I had to mix up my deliveries and bowl with a lot of variations in pace to him, which got me his wicket.

Even your fielding skills were tested. You almost effected a run-out in the fifth over and were accurate with your throws on the field. Is that the Jonty Rhodes effect?

I have had a great experience being a part of the Mumbai Indians squad. I got an opportunity to work on my fielding with Jonty sir, who helped me a lot and brought about improvement. I have learnt a lot from him.

You didn’t get as many games as you wanted with the Mumbai Indians. You must be glad that you are getting more chances with RCB.

I did not get to play much with the Mumbai Indians since there were quality spinners in the side in Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha, who were doing well. I was bowling well in the nets and did well in the practice match for RCB, which I feel was the reason to consider me in the playing XI. Plus, Virat has always backed my abilities as a bowler. He is a very calm captain, and even if I go for boundaries or sixes, he only asks me to focus on my bowling.
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