"We don't expect this from Chahal" - Ex-Indian cricketer criticises Chahal's bowling approach in the 2nd T20 vs SA
It is clear that the Men in Blue are struggling in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. The visiting team won the second match as well, taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Temba Bavuma and his men once again chased down the target comprehensively, winning the match by 4 wickets.
Batting first, India could only manage 148/6 in 20 overs. Despite a brilliant spell by the veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, South Africa ended up winning the match courtesy of a brilliant innings by Heinrich Klaasen. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 81 runs off just 46 to seal the deal for India.
After a shaky start when the pacers were bowling, the South African batter took on the spinner in the middle and started playing big shots. The veteran leg-spinner, Yuzi Chahal, did get the wicket of Temba Bavuma but ended up with the most expensive spell in the match. Chahal just took one wicket and gave away 49 runs.
The leg-spinner who won the "Purple Cap" in the recently concluded IPL hasn't performed as per expectations in the ongoing season. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir hasn't looked convinced by the way he has delivered so far and questioned his approach.
In an interaction on Star Sports Network, Gambhir said that Chahal is an attacking spinner but he is not bowling the way he should be and even not trying to vary his pace. He added that the leg-spinner is always an attacking option for the team and should always look to take wickets.
The former opener highlighted that giving 50 runs is acceptable if you are taking 3-4 wickets because that can bring your team to a winning position, but if you are giving 49 runs and taking just one wicket, that is a problem.
Gambhir concluded, "He needs to bowl slow and tempt the batter. No issues if he gets his for a couple of sixes. They were hitting the leg-spinner from the crease, which means he (Chahal) was trying to bowl it fast. We expect those kinds of deliveries from Axar, not Chahal."
Notably, the leg-spinner was also expensive in the first match as he gave away 26 runs in just 2.1 overs. So far, he has conceded 75 runs in 6.1 overs in two games.