Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit Sharma

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal was India’s top scorer with 18 not out when India collapsed to their lowest ever ODI total in New Zealand in the fourth match of the series in Hamilton earlier this week. India had suffered an 8-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI.While 5 of India’s top 6 batsmen failed to get into double digits, No.10 Chahal showcased his batting talent hitting three boundaries in his unbeaten 37-ball knock. Chahal had also joined forces with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav to stitch a 25-run stand for the 9th wicket, which was also the highest partnership in the match for India.However, the impact of top order’s rare failure was such that India never recovered and were bundled out for just 92.In a light-hearted conversation on the Chahal TV, the anchor — Yuzvendra Chahal — caught up with stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma after India’s 4-1 ODI series victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.Chahal asked Rohit if he can be promoted to bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence during the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand starting February 6.Rohit’s reply was classic.”He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match which go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s,” Rohit jokingly said.WATCH: Hitman @ImRo45’s guest appearance on Chahal TVWhy does Rohit want to give @yuzi_chahal a batting promotion? – by @RajalAroraFind out here https://t.co/3T5E4KDGEx pic.twitter.com/iI9IZmkoV1advertisementBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Rohit was, however, all praise for India’s all round effort in the series that gave them their only second bilateral ODI series victory in New Zealand.”Beating New Zealand in New Zealand has never been easy for any team. Even when we won in 2009, it was not an easy series. They had a strong team then and they play very well at home. The way they have been playing cricket for the last two years, it was never going to be easy for us. But all our boys played well,” he said.Rohit also lauded top-scorer Ambati Rayudu, who scored 90, and the middle order for their contribution in the game.”Even today, it was a perfect match for us. We were 20 for 4. But Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar were fantastic. Rayudu’s knock was very crucial for his own confidence and also for the team. The way Hardik and Kedar finished the game was also very important otherwise we wouldn’t have reached 250,” Rohit said.Also Read | ICC’s advice: Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumpsAlso Read | Virat Kohli must get credit for setting high standards for Team India: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New ZealandAlso Read | Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more