Yuzvendra Chahal remained the second-highest wicket-taker of IPL 2016 © AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal remained the second-highest wicket-taker of IPL 2016 © AFP

After India‘s victory over Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing series, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal revealed that playing under MS Dhoni makes him feel like dealing with a friend. The series marked international debut of many young players alongside Chahal and as mentioned by Chahal, this was the first time they were playing under the captaincy of one of India’s most successful skippers, Dhoni. But Chahal mentioned that Dhoni takes the pressure away and described him as a very ‘simple’ person. Chahal emerged as the second highest wicket-taker of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 which contributed towards his selection in the Indian team. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 2nd ODI Match at Harare

Talking to Indian Express, the bowler said, “Before I met him (Dhoni), there was a fear about how he will be. But he’s really simple. You can ask him anything. Even on the ground I never felt like he was a captain. I felt like dealing with a friend.”

He also mentioned about how being a chess player in his early days helps him improve his game now. “It’s been 13 years since I quit chess. But yes I think this intuition has developed as a result of those experiences. I bowl at the stumps. I get an intuition that the batsman’s going to do something. If you bowl four-five dot-balls, then pressure is on him. At that point, you have time to decide whether to bowl a googly or outside off-stump. My mind is on that, and always trying to guess what the batsman’s trying to do and it helps me a lot. When you play chess, patience is vital. Many times you don’t get wickets and you concede runs, you need to remain patient. So it’s about being calm, and I’m mentally strong and it makes a big difference.”