Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has grown into a force to reckon within the limited-overs format with his googlies, turned up with the bat in India’s dismal loss in the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton.
On a day when the Men in Blue came up with a poor display with the bat, No.11 Chahal scored 18 off 37 balls to end up as the top scorer for the visitors. With that credential to his name, Chahal asked stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma if he can bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence and Hitman gave a perfect reply to the wrist spinner.
After India’s historic win in the fifth and final ODI against the Blackcaps, the leggie welcomed Rohit to his ‘Chahal TV’ and jokingly asked if he could bat at No.3 in the upcoming T20Is against New Zealand.
“I’ll speak to the management and see if we can send you at number three. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match we win, not in a match we lose,” said Rohit.
India were bowled out for a mere 92 runs after Trent Boult’s fiery spell and lost the fourth ODI by eight wickets.
Rohit also praised Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar for stringing a 98-run partnership for the fifth wicket in the Wellington ODI.
“All of our players performed well in this series. Today was a perfect match for us. We lost four wickets for 18 runs, then I started getting reminded of the last match, where we were all out for 90-odd. But, Amabati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar strung a brilliant partnership and we want our batsman to flourish in these situations. Rayudu’s performance will give him and the team confidence. It was also important for Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to finish well, which they did,” said Rohit.