April 26, 2014

IPL 2014

Mumbai's loss is Yuzvendra's gain

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal had been with the Mumbai Indians since 2011, but a lack of opportunities resulted in him making a move to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the current season, where he has shone with his incisive and economical bowling. G Krishnan, in the DNA, finds out more about the bowler, who had represented India in junior-level Chess matches.

Yuzvendra, who was part of the Mumbai Indians set up until last year and played in only one IPL match besides six Champions League matches for them, has cemented his place in the RCB line-up, at least for now. Haryana Ranji Trophy coach Ashwani Kumar said that Yuzvendra is more suited for limited-overs cricket. "He has a bowling action with lower trajectory. He bowls faster and keeps around the middle stump-off stump line, forcing the batsmen to play across. Unlike Amit Mishra, who turns the ball big, or Anil Kumble, who has height and gets bounce, Chahal is different. It becomes difficult to cut or pull against him. Though he may not pick up wickets aplenty, he is economical."

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