Skilful bowling pool behind our success: Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal (left) said regular flow of good bowlers has helped India dominate. AFP

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has attributed India's consistent show with the ball across formats to a skilful pool of bowlers and confidence shown by the team management.

"Our bowling pool has swelled to 10-15 and earlier it wasn't so. Now one who is replacing you is also as skilful," Chahal told reporters after India notched up a comfortable nine-wicket win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

"Even in England, the way our bowlers dominated, it shows the regular flow of spinners and medium pacers in the team. Also the confidence showed by the management, which is important for a youngster. There is no negativity, you can concentrate on your bowling."

India have been invincible in the six-nation tournament as they defeated Pakistan twice, besides notching up wins over Hong Kong and Bangladesh.

"We were positive from the start, because the first match against Hong Kong was tough. Next we were playing Pakistan after a long time, the atmosphere was good.

"We haven't lost a match in this tournament and winning two matches against Pakistan will give us a boost ahead of the final," Chahal said.

It was Chahal's first match against Pakistan.

Asked about his experience, he said: "Generally cricketers have a bucket list, where you hope to play Pakistan one day but when we played them, it didn't feel that we were playing Pakistan, it seemed like our own team.

"When you go to the ground, it doesn't matter if you are playing Pakistan or England. It is all about being mentally strong and how much pressure you can deal with."

India have dominated Pakistan both with the bat and the ball but Chahal said it was just a case of a team having a bad day in office for their arch-rivals.

"Our batsmen put their bowlers under pressure from the start. They are playing the new ball well, they are taking their time and partnership are getting longer," he said.

"In this wicket, you have to vary line and length. But their confidence was hit as the match was slipping away, so the situation was different.

"Sometimes it happens, teams don't have a good day but they (Pakistan) are also a good team. So it is not a one-sided thing, the tournament is still not over."

Chahal, who has taken five wickets, including two for 46 against Pakistan on Sunday, in the four matches at Asia Cup, said he tries to bowl according to the wicket.

"I have bowled a lot in the Powerplay overs in T20 matches in IPL and for India. So it is not a new thing, I vary my pace and length according to the wicket," he said.

 

 

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