Former Team India opener Aakash Chopra has praised young leg spinner Rahul Chahar for his impressive performance in the recently concluded limited-over series in Sri Lanka. Chopra paid Chahar a huge compliment, saying that young Leggie reminded him a little of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.
Despite Team India losing the T20I series 1-2 in the end, Chahar impressed with four wickets, including 3 for 15 in the final T20. He also claimed 3 for 54 in the only ODI he played.
Speaking about Chahar on his YouTube channel, Chopra praised the young bowler, saying:
“Rahul Chahar is not a regular member of Team India’s squad as Yuzvendra Chahal is number one. Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar are also other spin options that Team India has. Varun Chakravarthy is also trying to make a name for himself as a mystery spinner. But Chahar took every opportunity he got to play for Team India. “
“Chahar bowls with a lot of self-confidence and is concise and precise. He bowls quickly through the air and the ball often races past the batsman when pitching. From his action it seems as if he bowls a googly when he actually delivers a leg spinner . He has this secret and variations that remind me a little of Rashid Khan. If he does well in the IPL, Team India will be tempted to play him with Chahal in the T20 World Cup. “
Kul-Cha is back for Team India, give them more chances: Aakash Chopra
One of the key takeaways from the Sri Lanka series for Team India was the performance of the spin duo – Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. According to Chopra, both players took their chances and proved that they still have what it takes to perform for Team India. Analyzing Kul-Cha’s performance, Chopra said:
“Don’t forget Kul-Cha. There was a reason they eventually played together for Team India. Whenever they have a chance, they will do well. Both Kuldeep and Chahal had a huge impact in the first two ODIs and were also part of the wickets. Kuldeep also got a chance in the T20Is and didn’t let the chance slip by. This is a lesson for KKR. You have to play him and give him that confidence. “
Chahal was the leading wicket taker in the ODIs with five wickets, while Kuldeep claimed two scalps each in both the ODI and T20I series.