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Enjoyed bowling leg-spin when I saw the ball turning more: Yuzvendra Chahal

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The way Shane Warne got Mike Gatting out in the 1993 Ashes series is every leg-spinner’s dream delivery, says India’s Yuzvendra Chahal.

On June 4, 1993 during his first Ashes tour to England, Warne got Gatting out with the ball which is touted as the ‘ball of the century’.

During the first Test in Manchester, Warne flighted the delivery which pitched well outside the leg stump. Gatting offered his bat, and the ball ended up fizzing past it to hit the off stump.

“I started watching videos of Shane Warne sir, and that’s where I realised what leg-spin is. He was my idol, and I wanted to be like him, bowl like him. You know, his name was all over the headlines and newspapers. I used to enjoy the way he used to trap the batsman. One class that he had was about controlling the drift, so that’s what I learnt by watching his videos all the time,” said Chahal.

“I used to watch all his videos, and especially, the way he bowled Mike Gatting, which is every leg-spinner’s dream delivery, made me feel that even I should get a batsman out like that once. And, I guess that came true during the New Zealand tour when I took Martin Guptill’s wicket. I think that was my special delivery,” he added.

The 30-year-old, who has played 54 ODIs and 45 T20Is till now, also shared how he switched over to leg-spin from medium-pace bowling on his dad’s advice.

“In the beginning, in school, I used to bowl medium-pace. Later, dad said that medium pacers need a proper body, and it also involves more risks of injury. Later, I don’t know what came over me, and I started bowling leg-spin. We used to play with a tennis ball in our neighbourhood lanes, and back then I used to bowl medium-pace, and when get tired I used to switch to off-spin or leg-spin,” said Chahal.

“I realised that the ball was turning more in leg-spin, which would make things difficult for the batsmen, so this made me enjoy bowling leg-spin more. I think dad made me realise it. And, I feel one should also spend more time on what you enjoy, whether you want to be a medium-pacer or a leg-spinner. You have to understand it that you are capable of,” he added.

The leg-spinner also revealed how his interest in the game grew and how a match in the local tournament led him to the dream about donning the Blue Indian jersey.

“When I gradually realised the emotion behind it, I began playing cricket in our neighbourhood, which I think everyone has. With dad, it was like, whenever his lawyer colleagues arrange matches, I would go, and do the umpiring for them. You know, I loved to be on the ground, and that’s how my interest grew. The seniors would pick me up. They would take me to the (cricket) ground with them. They would train and give me a free hand to do what I wanted. So, that’s how I started playing,” said Chahal.

“During Pataudi Trophy, which is a senior tournament played in Haryana, I was just 10-year-old back then, the match was in Sirsa, and there were just 11 of us, including me. The remaining player couldn’t make it on time due to a flat tyre, so my coach asked me to play the match. I was the only 10-year-old among those senior players. I took three wickets in the match, and after that, I was selected for the U-14 team. From there, I realised that I’ve made a proper beginning in cricket, and now I can focus on it. After that, I did the U-17 NCA, which was my first Indian camp. Whatever I learned during those two months helped me a lot in my first-class cricket. I realised when a senior player told me that if I stay focused, I get to play for India. So, from that moment, I was like it’s okay even if I get to play a single match, but I must don that blue jersey once,” he added.

The leg-spinner further said that he wants to share his experiences through FrontRow online classes.

“I can even share my sources which we never had. Since I am a leg spinner, I would like to show all my four variations from all angles, two kinds of googlies which have been successful against left-handed batsmen. I also want to teach you the angle at which I bowl,” said Chahal.

The leg-spinner is not part of the India Test squad currently participating in a four-match series in Australia.

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Everything helps in the end: Rishabh Pant

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Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant admitted that pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s no-balls also contributed to his team’s six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) here on Tuesday.

MI bowlers took the game to the last over while removing DC’s top-order batsmen. With 15 needed off the last two overs, and with Bumrah to bowl the second last over, it wasn’t easy for DC.

However, Bumrah bowled two no-balls – first and third balls of the over – in his last over to make things easy for DC as they got extra runs and deliveries. Besides, both the free-hits resulted in catches which didn’t count.

“Everything helps in the end if you win the match,” added Pant while referring to Bumrah’s no-balls.

Pant praised his Delhi Ranji teammate Lalit Yadav who remained calm to lead DC to win. Yadav, who had taken the crucial wicket of Krunal Pandya (1/17 off four overs), made unbeaten 22 off 25 balls to take DC home.

“I think Lalit is a great Indian player and we are looking to groom him,” said Pant on Yadav’s promotion to No. 4 batting slot ahead of the likes of him and Hetmyer.

Pant also acknowledged Amit Mishra’s bowling spell.

“When we started we were little under pressure. Mishy bhai (Amit Mishra) got us into the game. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 137,” said Pant.

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Orange Cap: Shikhar Dhawan returns to top of standings

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Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan got back the Orange Cap after scoring 45 in his team’s six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhawan currently has 231 runs in four matches thus far this season.

Dhawan had first taken the cap after scoring a sensational 92 off 49 balls against Punjab Kings. However, he was soon overtaken by Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Glenn Maxwell, who scored 78 off 49 balls in their 38-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders later in the day.

Amit Mishra’s four-wicket haul helped DC restrict the strong MI batting lineup to just 137/9. The chase turned out to be a comfortable one for DC with Dhawan putting up a 53-run stand for the second wicket with Steve Smith. Dhawan saw DC through to the three-figure mark until the 15th over, in which he fell to Rahul Chahar.

Maxwell is second in the standings with 176 runs in three matches while Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is third with 157 runs in three matches.

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Purple Cap: Harshal Patel remains highest wicket-taker

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fast bowler Harshal Patel retained the Purple Cap with Delhi Capitals’ Avesh Khan and Mumbai Indians’ Rahul Chahar both ending up with a wicket less than him after their match in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Harshal holds the Purple Cap with nine wickets while Avesh is tied with Chahar with eight wickets. Avesh remains ahead of Chahar on the standings on the basis of his superior economy rate of 7.35 compared to the latter’s 7.37. Chahar’s team mate Trent Boult rounds off the top four with six wickets.

Fast bowler Avesh recorded figures of 2/15 in DC’s six-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Chahar, meanwhile, took only wicket, albeit an important one in the form of DC’s top scorer on the night and current Orange Cap holder Shikhar Dhawan.

Amit Mishra got his first wicket of the season when he dismissed MI captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday. He went on to take four wickets in the match, thus leading DC’s efforts in restricting MI to 137/9. DC chased down the total comfortably, with six wickets and five balls to spare.

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