Broke down when MS Dhoni got out in WC semis: Yuzvendra Chahal

Indian Express

Indian Express

Author 2019-09-28 22:17:57

Indian Express 28 Sep 2019 19:47 PM

Since the 50-over World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal has played only one ODI and has also been ignored from India's T20 scheme of things ahead of next year's T20 World Cup.

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Yuzvendra Chahal on Saturday revealed that he failed to hold back his tears when Mahendra Singh Dhoni got out in the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford, which also ended India’s hope of winning the contest. Chasing 240, the leggie walked into bat after Dhoni fell in the 49th over against New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final which India lost by 18 runs.

Rescuing the team after the top-order collapse, the former India skipper stitched a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja to get India close after they were tottering at 92 for 6 at one stage. But Dhoni’s run out on 50, crushed India’s hopes of reaching the final.

“It was my first World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing,” Chahal said at the 10th edition of India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit in New Delhi.

“We played so well for nine games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. Rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground,” he added.

Since the 50-over World Cup, Chahal has played only one ODI and has also been ignored from India’s T20 scheme of things ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup.

Asked about his omission, Chahal said his only job was to work hard and perform and not think about selection. “Your job is to perform. when we (Kuldeep Yadav and me) came we performed really well. After IPL, our bench strength has got pretty strong too. Now if the team management is trying good talent, it is good that you know that there is competition and you have to work harder. You can’t stay away from cricket,” Chahal said.

Chahal said he wants to carry on playing for 5-6 years and his only aim is to be a part of India’s World Cup-winning squad.

“I want to continue for 5-6 years. I want to win at least one World Cup. I think the way we have been playing and how our team is shaping up currently, its a positive sign. We won in New Zealand, Australia and West Indies and if we win the T20 World Cup next year, all the noise will die down,” Chahal said.

After making his international debut in 2016, Yuzvendra Chahal has featured in 50 ODIs and 31 T20Is. The 29-year-old has picked up 85 wickets at 26.42 in ODIs and 46 wickets at 21.13 in T20Is.

Now, all eyes are on the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be the seventh ICC T20 World Cup tournament, with matches to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020. The final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Indian players like Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav and Shreyas Iyer would like to make it to the national side and lift the cup.

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