IPL 2021: Chahar reveals his strategy behind bagging his four-wicket haul against KKR
Mumbai Indians’ spinner Rahul Chahar did make his presence count during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai. Since MA Chidambaram Stadium is a paradise for spinners, Chahar assessed the conditions quite well and executed his skills to perfection.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted a modest total of 152. It was easily achievable by KKR but they found it literally hard to play against Rahul Chahar because almost half of the KKR’s batting line-up fell prey to his bowling.
KKR were on the right track with a fine opening wicket partnership. Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana took the bowling attack to the cleaners and didn’t let the defending champions take control of the game.
The youngsters shared a 72-run stand for the first wicket before Shubman Gill was stumped out by Quinton de Kock off Chahar’s bowling. Gill departed for 33 off 24 including 5 fours and a six.
After the fall of Chahar’s wicket, Rahul Tripathi was dismissed by Chahar as De Kock took a great catch behind the stumps. Since the fall of the first wicket, there was no stability in the run-chase.
Even the captain Eoin Morgan was dismissed by Chahar in the fifth ball of the 13th over. After his departure, the well-set Rana departed after scoring 57 off 47 balls including 6 fours and 2 sixes. Chahar spun the web at the right time to wipe out the KKR’s batting line-up.
In the end, MI restricted KKR to 142 and won the game by 10 runs to clinch the match. Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for the defending champions as he took 4 wickets to his name, conceding 27 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
He was named the man of the match for his outstanding bowling performance. While talking to the broadcaster in the post-match presentation, Chahar revealed how he planned KKR batsmen wickets.
“There was pressure when they started well and a spinner had to pull it back. I enjoyed Tripathi’s wicket. I was confident in my abilities as I have been playing the IPL for 2-3 years. I know Gill well, and I also know he can’t keep hitting me out of the park on a regular basis.
I can spin at 90 kph and that’s my strength. I had an idea about Nitish walking down the track, so I bowled a flipper outside off on the last ball of my spell. My confidence is sometimes down, but Rohit shows confidence in me to lift me up. Mumbai Indians takes care of its players during the off season as well, and that’s why it is such a special franchise,” the right-arm leg break bowler concluded.