India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said he is excited to have returned to play at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which was his second home between 2014 and 2021 during his stint for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chahal is expected to play a key role in the T20I series finale against South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday, June 19.
Chahal is part of the unchanged Indian XI as South Africa won the toss and opted to field in the crunch game. The Chinnaswamy Stadium was buzzing as fans flocked the iconic stadium in huge numbers for the series finale.
It has been a homecoming for some of the big names of Indian cricket as the likes of Harshal Patel and DInesh Karthik, the Royal Challengers Bangalore boys, are playing at home for the first time since signing for the franchise in the recent past in IPL. Chahal, who left RCB to play for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022, will be hoping he can put on a good show against some familiar faces in the crowd.
“I am very excited after a long time,” Chahal said when asked about playing at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Chahal revealed the art of bowling leg-spin in a venue like the Chinnaswamy Stadium where the boundaries are smaller than normal. The leg-spinner had picked up 139 wickets in 113 matches for RCB during his stint with the Bengaluru-based franchise.
“This is a very small ground, so I try to vary my lengths. Batters prefer to score more sixes than fours at this venue. If you try to contain the batters here, you’ll definitely concede more runs,” he added.
Chahal did not have a good start to the T20I series despite having headed into it on the backing of winning the Purple Cap with the Royals in IPL 2022. However, he has bounced back well, picking up 5 wickets in the next 2 matches.
Shedding light on the adjustments he had to make through the series, Chahal added: ” was bowling a bit quicker in the first two matches, hence, even if it was a good delivery, it wasn’t turning as much. So I tried to change the seam position (in the last 2 games), and I tried to vary the angles too.”