I felt really bad, I was down for two to three days, reveals Yuzvendra Chahal about tackling the T20 World Cup


Yuzvendra Chahal said he was on the ground for two to three days and felt really bad when the selectors neglected him for the 2021 T20 World Cup campaign in India. Chahal had excelled for RCB during the second leg of the 2021 IPL with 14 wickets in eight games, but was overlooked in the revised 15-member squad.

India had a disappointing T20 World Cup 2021 campaign like Virat KohliThe led team failed to reach the semifinals at the main event. India’s early exit from ICC mega event required several debates on the selections, most notably with Yuzvendra Chahalthe exclusion of 15 members from their roster.

Despite having been a regular in India’s white ball set-up for the past four years, Chahal was barred from the T20 WC squad due to his poor in the first half of the 2021 IPL. The leg-spinner picked only four wickets in seven games in the Indian leg of the tournament, with an economy of 8.26. He made a strong comeback in the UAE leg and scaled 14 wickets from eight games, maintaining an economy rate of 7.06. However, it was still overlooked, with Rahul Chahar favored as one of four spin bowling options.

Chahal said he felt really bad when he was omitted from the Indian team for the main event. He also added that his family and fans played a crucial role in his return to form.

“I haven’t been abandoned in four years and then I was fired for such an important event. I felt really bad. I’ve been down for two to three days. But then I realized that the second leg of the IPL was still around the corner. I went back to my coaches and talked a lot with them, “Chahal said in a conversation with the Times of India.

“My wife and family constantly encouraged me. My fans have continued to post motivational posts. This encouraged me. I have decided to support my strengths and overcome my confusion. I couldn’t have sulked for long as that would have impacted my IPL form, “he added.

Speaking of his connection with the new Indian captain of the T20I Rohit Sharma, Chahal said he always had good times with the Indian opening on the pitch. Chahal was part of the Mumbai Indians team in 2013, when Rohit took the franchise to its first IPL title.

“Whenever we’re on the pitch, I always share my views with him like that time we got Kuldeep to pitch from a certain end to Babar Azam in the 2019 World Cup and pulled him out.

“Our relationship goes beyond our cricket. This also helps on the pitch when you trust someone so much. It’s always nice to know that if I share something with him, there will be a positive response and vibe, ”said Chahal.

Chahal has been named on India’s squad list for the T20I v New Zealand series, which kicks off November 17 in Jaipur.

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