If someone calls you a Test player, there is no bigger compliment- Yuzvendra Chahal on his expectation for a national Test call-up
Chahal rose to fame with his Indian Premier League (IPL) performances and has been waiting since long for his maiden national Test call-up. With other players in form, Chahal said it difficult to make room in a team.
Yuzvendra Chahal in an interview with Sports Tak said that he was expecting a maiden national Test call-up for India in India’s tour of England. With veterans having injury issues Chahal felt somewhere that his name might prop up.
Chahal told it’s hard to take place in a team when senior and other players are in form. There is no bigger compliment than being a Test cricketer, Chahal confessed.
Chahal is yet to play a Test match for India after debuting for India in One Day Internationals (50 over format) on June 11 2016 against Zimbabwe. Since the 2019 World Cup, Chahal has picked up 17 wickets in 17 T20Is. In ODIs, Chahal has eight wickets in five matches since the World Cup.
Chahal in domestic cricket’s records speaks for itself. In 31 First-class matches, Chahal has 84 wickets. In 102 List-A cricket, he has 150 wickets to his name.
“This time I wasn’t expecting a call-up. But yes, when England toured India and some of our spinners were injured, I felt somewhere that my name my prop up,” Chahal told.
Chahal told it’s hard to take place in a team when senior and other players are in form.
“You see Axar came in and did well. Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kuldeep are already there, so you feel that 3-4 players are already in the reckoning and it will be difficult for you to get a chance. Especially when they are performing so well. Ashwin bhaiyya completed 400 Test wickets and Jaddu (Jadeja) Pa has over 250 wickets. Looking at them you feel that you have to improve more to get a chance,” Chahal explained.
There is no bigger compliment than being a Test cricketer, Chahal confessed and revealed another reason why he was expecting a call-up.
“Obviously, you want to wear the whites. If someone calls you a Test player, there is a no bigger compliment. In the last 3-4 years, I have picked 50 wickets in the ten first-class matches, out of which two are India A games,” Chahal concluded.
Playing Test for India is the ultimate personal goal Chahal said in an exclusive interview with India TV in September 2020. India will play six Test matches in England including the World Test Championship Finals against New Zealand from June 18 to 22 followed by a five-match Test series against England in August-September.