Yuzvendra Chahal thanks Virat Kohli after being picked for the national side
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Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sculpted a spot in the national side riding on his prolific performances in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore side played well in the tournament and made it to the final of the tournament and lost the ultimate battle to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chahal was a vital cog in the RCB’s line-up as he scalped 21 wickets and finished as the second most wicket-taker in the cash rich tournament. Chahal thanks his skipper Kohli for immense backing and giving him the confidence to go for the kill. READ MORE: What made Surrey Cricket say ‘behave yourself’ to Kumar Sangakkara?

Chahal praised Kohli and told bcci.tv, “When I was named, I was very happy and it was like a dream come true moment for me. I still remember I texted Virat Kohli to share the moment. He congratulated me and all he asked me to do was to stay focused whenever I would get a chance to wear Indian colours.” READ MORE: Rohit Sharma launches new cricket comic series ‘Hyper Tygers’

Chahal thanked AB de Villiers, Kohli and Chris Gayle for their valuable tips, whcih they gave him in the nets. He said, “When I bowl in the nets to a Virat or an AB or Gayle, I bowl to them with a plan.  They keep telling me about small things like varying pace, bowl a specific line that will make it tough for the batsmen or at times ask me to bowl a bit fuller as well. Such inputs are really helpful. “When someone like AB de Villiers finds it difficult to play your deliveries and walks up to you and says, ‘Well bowled’ it gives a different kind of confidence.” READ MORE: India vs Zimbabwe 2016: Six Indian players who can make debut during the ODI series

For any young bowler it’s important for his skipper to show immense confidence in him. Kohli did exactly the same which was appreciated by Chahal as he went on to praise the star Indian batsman, “I used to get positive vibes from my conversations with Virat Kohli. Bowling at the M Chinnaswamy stadium is not easy because it is known for being a run-fest. Virat would never pressurize me as a captain or ask me why I was being hit for sixes. He would always tell me that getting hit for sixes is never a problem if you had bowled a good ball. Such things make you realise that the captain has immense faith in you.”

MS Dhoni will be leading the Indian ODI side against Bangaldesh which kick starts today and CHahal’s primary aim would be to make it to the playing XI. On playing under new skipper he said, “I am excited to play under MS Dhoni. He reads the game really well and I have observed that he notices a lot about your bowling from behind the wickets. I haven’t played much under his captaincy but I have seen him walking to his bowlers and advising them about what lines and lengths to bowl. I am sure I am going to learn a lot from this Zimbabwe tour and there will be an improvement in my bowling.”