After performing really well for RCB in the IPL, Yuzi Chahal finally got his first taste of international cricket in 2016. Back then, Chahal was seen as a future prospect who could one day take over the reigns of Rzvi Ashwin.
But no one could have expected the rise of the young leggie, as within a year Chahal has established himself as the premier spinner for India in the limited overs format.
Chahal, along with spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, have formed a potent partnership for India over the last few months. Both wrist spinners have the ability to pick up wickets, which makes them invaluable assets for Kohli.
In a surprising decision, RCB did not retain Chahal ahead of the auction, as they felt that they could get him for a cheaper price. Virender Sehwag, head coach of King XI Punjab, feels that RCB would be very foolish if they do not retain Chahal.
“I don’t know at what price he will go but RCB will definitely use RTM for him. If they don’t, then they will be stupid.”
Sehwag also spoke about KXIP’s decision to retain Axar Patel.
“I think an Indian player’s value is more in the IPL. When we recruited Axar Patel three years back, he was an uncapped player. He came to Punjab for ₹30 lacs and since then, has played for India. If he would have been part of the auction, he could have definitely fetched ₹8-10 crores. He is a useful player like Ravindra Jadeja. Axar is in his category.
He is a bowling all-rounder, which is necessary, and he can bowl 4 overs. He has batted extremely well in a few matches last season. He is a big hitter. For the past 2 years, we have been trying to improve his batting. Then, he can become the perfect all-rounder.”