Yuzvendra Chahal India Ireland England 2018
Yuzvendra Chahal © Getty Images (file photo)

Now a vital cog in India‘s limited-overs bowling set-up, Yuzvendra Chahal says he has developed two variations of googly that will benefit him in the long run: “I have two googlies — one closer to the head and one more side-arm. So I try to mix it up. Batsmen have to look at the head position, so it is an advantage for me.”

Chahal added that a leg-spinner has more variations than a left-arm spinner: “For example, a left-arm spinner can have only two variations, but a leg spinner has at least four variations so the batsmen are always thinking about what he is going to face next.”

There is no assurance that India will play two wrist-spinners in England or they will come off in Ireland and England, but Chahal feels confident: “Wrist-spinners are a recent trend, and it is not like without wrist-spin you cannot win here, but I think conditions here will help spinners. English spinners have picked up wickets in the ODI series against Australia, so that is encouraging for us. England have scored 400-plus tall scores against Australia, and not us.”

This is Chahal’s first tour of UK and he is desperate to make it count: “Every tour is important for us, but for me especially this is an important one because I have come here for the first time, whether it is Ireland or England. Yesterday, I bowled in the nets in London and the weather was hot, almost same as in the subcontinent. I hope the weather stays the same and I am looking forward to more hot days like that. Whether I get to play in the first T20 or the second, I am going to enjoy my outing here.”

His partnership with Kuldeep Yadav has been successful and he attributes it to their attacking quality: “Whenever Kuldeep and I come on to bowl, we look to take wickets in the middle overs and put pressure on the batsmen. Taking wickets in the middle overs is the easiest way to put pressure on the opposition.”

Meanwhile, in a worrying development, Washington Sundar — the third spinner of the side — hobbled off the field within India’s first hour of training here at The Village in Malahide. Sundar participated in the warm-up football game as well as the fielding drills for a little time, though the cause of his injury was unclear. The worry is regarding his right ankle, as he needed help from two support staff members to get off the field. An official word from the Indian team management is awaited.