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Watched South Africa ODIs three or four times to find my shortcomings, says Yuzvendra Chahal after match-winning spell

Rohit Sharma started his full-time ODI stint with a victory in India’s 1000th match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he returned with the figures of 4/49. The leg-spinner was also adjudged as the player of the match for his terrifc spell.

The former RCB bowler said that he watched each of his ODI games played in South Africa three or four times to know about his shortcomings and talked to skipper and bowling coach to improve his bowling.

With his four wickets in the first ODI against West Indies, he showed signs of returning back to form.

“When I came back from South Africa, I watched each of my games three or four times to see where I was missing. I spoke to Rohit bhaiyya also after coming back and with Paras Mhambrey sir, our bowling coach. I worked on where I felt I was missing there,” said Chahal in the post-match presentation.

Chahal mentioned how he adjusted his line and lengths after watching the ball turning on the Ahmedabad track.

“Washy created the pressure with his two wickets. When I saw his spell, I knew that the ball is turning on this pitch so I can flight the ball a bit. On these kinds of pitches, even if you flight the ball, it’s not that easy to hit down the ground. I spoke to Rohit bhai, Virat bhaiyya, and realised that pace is important on this wicket,” he said.

“My usual slower pace won’t work, because the quicker balls were spinning. I changed my line also, made it more middle and off. I bowl according to the pitch. I knew that here, the batters will find it easy to hit if I slowed it up. So I continued bowling quicker. You can bowl the odd slower one for variation,” he added.

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