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‘He Was Really Fired up for This IPL’: How Yuzvendra Chahal is Making a Case for World Cup Berth

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Rajasthan Royals star spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals star spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (BCCI)

Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three crucial wickets as Rajasthan Royals thrashed Mumbai Indians by six wickets.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson praised Yuzvendra Chahal after their six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in their 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

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“I think he was really fired up for this IPL, and he’s been doing well for the past 2-3 years for us,” Samson said at the post-match presentation.

Chahal has been a constant source of wickets for RR and won the Purple Cap in when playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is India’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is but surprisingly has never played a game in the T20 World Cup.

With the T20 World Cup 2024 being scheduled to start from June 1 in West Indies and USA, Chahal’s name is likely to come up for selection. He is also currently second in the leading wicket-takers charts for IPL 2024, with scalps so far.

On Monday, after Trent Boult’s fiery opening spell, Chahal became MI’s tormentor, wiping out the middle-order in claiming 3/11 in four brilliant overs .

Tilak Varma and MI captain Hardik Pandya counter-attacked in their 56-run stand as the left-right duo raised their fifty in 32 balls after the loss of quick wickets at the top.

Chahal broke the stand as he got Pandya to go for a big one only to be caught in the deep by substitute Rovman Powell.

Varma too looked like he would help MI to a big score with trademark blazing shots but Chahal had him reaching out to a wide googly and the batter ballooned an edge to Ashwin at short third-man.

Chahal, who bowled a brilliant line and length against a clueless MI middle-order, claimed Gerald Coetzee as his third victim as the hosts continued to falter and only managed a paltry score. MI were restricted to 125/9 in 20 overs, their second-lowest total against RR.

“Was trying to vary my pace, just tried to mix my length and pace. A few balls were turning, so I tried to bowl that ball against Hardik. I always back my skills, this is the format where you go for runs, sometimes you get wickets.” Chahal said at the mid-innings break.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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