Struggled to hold back my tears when MS Dhoni got out in World Cup semi-final: Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal spoke about his World Cup dreams at India Today Mind Rocks on Saturday (Yasir Iqbal Photo)
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India's leading leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said the World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat was difficult to digest and that he struggled to hide his emotions when MS Dhoni got out in a tense chase against New Zealand in Old Trafford.
Yuzvendra Chahal walked into bat after MS Dhoni fell in the 49th over of a 240-run chase against New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final. Dhoni was looking set to pull off a miracle after a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja that took India from 92 for 6 to 208 for 7.
However, MS Dhoni, India's last recognized batsman, was run out on 50 and the hopes of reaching the final came crashing down.
Chahal said he tried to control his tears when he walked out to bat. India were bowled out for 221 after Chahal was dismissed for 5. New Zealand sealed the final berth with 18-run win.
Speaking at Speaking at the 10th edition of India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit in New Delhi, Chahal said: "It was my 1st 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.
"We played so well for 9 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."
India topped the league-stage table with 7 wins in 9 matches but the semi-final defeat came after a horror show from India's top order. Chasing 240, India were reduced to 5 for 3 after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed for 1 each.
India middle-order too failed after they resumed the match on the reserve day due to rain interruption. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja came up with a valiant effort but it wasn't enough to help the team past the finish line.
Yuzvendra Chahal has played only 1 ODI -- in West Indies since the World Cup and the leg-spinner along with his wrist-spin partner have been kept away from the T20I set-up as the team management is looking to add to the bench strength in the lead up to next year's T20 World Cup.
Chahal had missed the T20I series against West Indies and was also not part of the T20I squad for the series against South Africa at home.
Want to win at least 1 World Cup with India: Yuzvendra Chahal
With the team management looking at adding to the batting depth by picking up spinners of the likes of Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal believes competition for a spot in the T20I squad is only a positive thing.
"Your job is to perform. when we (Kuldeep and me) came we poerformed 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 added.
Yuzvendra Chahal also stressed he would want to be part of a World Cup-winning squad and his focus is on preparing well for the upcoming T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021.
"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.