The fourth ODI between India and Australia in Mohali was a run fest which saw more than 700 runs scored on that particular day. Team India, batting first did what they could by scoring 358 in the first innings, what soon followed was carnage by the Australian batsman, particularly by the newcomer Ashton Turner who played an astonishing knock of 84 (49)*.
The Indian bowlers were sent to the cleaners in the fourth ODI, as Australia ended up chasing the mammoth target with 3 overs to spare. Yuzvendra Chahal was one of the players who was brought in by captain Kohli to bowl his wrist spins on a batting friendly. The result was unpleasant for the young spinner as he got smashed for 80 runs in his 10 over spell in spite taking the big wicket of the centurion Peter Handscomb.
Though Chahal had a bad day at the office, former Sri Lankan spinner and a legend of the game, Muralitharan has backed the wrist spinner by stating him as a “champion bowler” who will be back to his best in the forthcoming games for India.
“You cannot expect the kid to pick five wickets every time he goes out to bowl. He is a champion bowler and has been bowling really well in the last two years. He has shown that he has the variety and the guile to dismiss opposition batsmen,” Murali was quoted saying
“It is a case of him failing in one game and trust me, he is no robot. You cannot put pressure on the boy by expecting him to deliver in every game. Have some patience,” he further added.
Yuzvendra Chahl rests at the number 5 spot in the ICC ODI bowler rankings, along with his partner in crime, Kuldeep Yadav who’s at number 4, and Jasprit Bumrah who’s currently the ranked 1 bowler in ODI cricket. Team India will want all its front line bowlers to rise to the occasion in the pressure game at Delhi, as they look to clinch the series.
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