Senior India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal missed out on selection in India’s ODI squads for the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 and the upcoming World Cup 2023. Moving on from that, the shrewd leggie is now eyeing a call-up to the Test team!
To make a case for a Test call-up, Yuzvendra Chahal has decided to play in the County Championship in England. The 31-year-old has signed a deal with Kent for three County Championship matches in the ongoing red-ball season in England.
Chahal has signed to feature in Kent’s remaining two home matches – against Nottinghamshire and vs Lancashire, and in the away match against Somerset.
Red-ball is still on my checklist: Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal plays for Haryana in domestic cricket and has an experience of 33 first-class matches in which he’s taken 87 wickets at an ordinary average of 35.
Earlier he had said that having achieved plenty in white-ball cricket – Chahal is India’s all-time leading T20I wicket-taker and has 217 wickets in white-ball internationals – the leg-spinner also wishes to play Test cricket for India some day.
“Every cricketer has a dream of representing his or her team on the international platform. And they reach the pinnacle when they wear whites and play red-ball cricket. I have a similar dream too. I have achieved a lot in white-ball cricket, but red-ball is still on my checklist,” he was quoted as saying by InsidSport.
“I still have the dream of getting the tag of ‘Test cricketer’ next to my name. I try to give my best in domestic and Ranji games so as to fulfil this dream of mine, and I hope to get the opportunity to represent the Indian Test team soon,” the leg-spinner added.
Regarding his snub from the ODI format, Yuzvendra Chahal said he’s focusing only on his game and isn’t giving too much thought on selection or droppings.
“That’s fine, you know. Some things are not in your hands, so I don’t ponder much on that. My focus is on giving my best and performing well till the time I’m playing the game. Be it any match, my aim is to give my 100%. Selection is something that is not in our hands,” he added.