Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli    AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli AFP

If it was Hardik Pandya who lifted India from the ashes with his blistering 86, Yuzvendra Chahal defended the reduced total of 164 well. Chahal, who ended with figures of 3 for 30, credited Virat Kohli for transferring his attacking skills to him as well. Chahal has played under Kohli during the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chahal also mentioned how Kohli and MS Dhoni s suggestions helped him to get wickets at regular intervals. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared 5 wickets to infuse the collapse. Chahal also felt having Kuldeep at the other end, made things easier for him. He even explained how both the bowlers made plans and bowled as per the situation.

While addressing the reporters, Chahal first heaped praise on Kohli s captaincy, Wrist spinners are mostly attacking but when your captain is so attacking, you get freedom to attack more. But sometimes, we also have to take a step back and you change your plans. Chahal also explained how Dhoni played a crucial role in getting wickets, Mahi-bhai and Virat-bhai asked me to push it outside and keep checking his feet. (Bowl) outside off and mix it up. Chahal then went on to explain how Kuldeep and Chahal planned the wickets, We (both him and Kuldeep) go by the situation and since both of us are attacking bowlers, we go for wickets. Depending on the match situation, we look at things. If he bowls first, I tell him where the ball is spinning from and how we can get him out. Because we both look for wickets, there is no point in playing safe. You don’t win matches that way.

One of the priced wickets for Chahal was that of Glenn Maxwell, who was taking the game away from India. This was not the first time Chahal has picked the wicket of the all-rounder. Chahal attributed to his T20 experience that came handy, I have bowled a lot to him (Maxwell) in the IPL. (Today) We had to spin him out. We could not play defensive. It was important to change our lines. If he plays a good shot, that’s fine. If he scores outside off, then he could get out.

In the end, he also praised the way Pandya turned around the fortunes for India, The way the wicket behaved, Mahi-bhai and Pandya batted outstandingly. If we reached 230-240 and there was turn, we had Kuldeep and Kedar-bhai. Obviously at 87 for 5, Australia were 70 per cent in the game. But the way they played, the momentum that came through (Adam) Zampa’s over, and on this wicket 280 was a winning total. In the end, we bowled quite well.