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Chahal owes it to Anil

Calcutta: Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal feels that his stint with the Mumbai Indians last season and the times he had spent with MI mentor Anil Kumble has helped him grow as a bowler and is the reason behind his good show in the ongoing IPL VII.

“Anil Kumble sir worked with me a lot last year when I was with the MI. He worked on my action, line and length and my googlies, which was helpful. He also used to tell me at what pace the googlies need to be bowled for them to be effective,” Chahal told the iplt20.com.

He also said that his stint with the MI helped him chalk out plans against some of their batsmen.

“I have seen the way Rohit Sharma bats, and I went in with the plan of bowling at the right channels to him. I bowled the googly to him and he played an aerial shot, which helped me take his wicket.

“Same is the case with Kieron Pollard; I knew I had to mix up my deliveries and bowl with a lot of variations in pace, and that got me his wicket,” he said.

Chahal also credited MI fielding coach Jonty Rhodes for helping him improve his fielding.

“I have had a great experience being a part of the MI squad. I got an opportunity to work on my fielding with Jonty sir, who helped me a lot and brought about improvement. I have learnt a lot from him.”

Chahal also thanked his RCB teammates and captain for backing him after he dropped Michael Hussey’s catch early on in the match.

“I felt extremely disappointed. And it is a sin to drop a player like Hussey. But I was not put under pressure by the side.”