Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said on Sunday that he had to find ways to adapt to the cold weather in Dublin during the 1st T20I against Ireland. The T20I series opener was delayed by close to 2 hours as rain arrived just before the toss and led to a drop in temperature.
Yuzvendra Chahal shone in India’s 7-wicket victory as the leg-spinner showcased incredible control, giving away just 11 runs in his 3-over spell. Chahal picked up the wicket of Ireland’s wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker and kept the pressure on the rest of the batters even as the hosts scored 108 runs in their quota of 12 overs.
The match was reduced to a 12-overs-per-side contest after the rain delay. Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with the ball for India before a stunning 47 not out from Deepak Hooda helped the visitors chase down the target in just 9.2 overs.
Chahal was named the Player of the Match for his miserly effort with the ball in conditions that were not suited to spin bowling.
“Very difficult (to bowl in these cold conditions). I felt like a finger spinner today. Sometimes it’s hard, but you have to adapt to every condition,” Chahal said after his match-winning efforts in the 1st T20I.
Presenter Alan Wilkins made sure that Chahal did not spend a lot of time out in the ground, keeping the conversation short during the presentation ceremony.
“No I’m not okay I’m wearing three sweaters right now,” Chahal said jokingly.
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CHAHAL LAUDS CAPTAIN HARDIK
Furthermore, Chahal credited Hardik Pandya for the freedom the new captain gave in the 1st T20I against Ireland. Notably, Hardik got off to a winning start on his T20i captaincy debut as India took an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the series.
“The atmosphere under Hardik is chill, he gave me the freedom to execute my plans,” Chahal added.
Skipper Hardik was effusive in praise for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chahal, saying the two senior bowlers are reliable match-winners.
“Bhuvi is top class and same with Yuzi as well. Match winner, just toss the ball to him and tell him you bowl whatever you have to…he usually wins the match for you,” Hardik said.
India will take on Ireland at the same venue in Dublin in the 2nd T20I on Tuesday, June 28.