Can cricket be played in shorts? Yuzvendra Chahal says: “If you slip…”

Can cricket be played in shorts? Yuzvendra Chahal doesn’t think so. In fact, he had an emphatic “no” to an answer when one writer hinted at suggestions that cricketers might be better off wearing half pants instead of pants in the future, as the game is often played in extreme heat. . The “cricket in shorts” question was a googly the leg spinner didn’t expect after India’s three-run win over the West Indies in a final ball thriller at the Queen’s Park Oval, which put the visitors ahead in the three-match ODI series.

March 2022 was the hottest in India since records began more than 100 years ago, but despite the sweltering weather, cricket was played in the country, as always. Chahal, one of India’s leading white-ball spinners, explained why the status quo must be maintained.

“No, no. I disagree (playing in shorts). Because we have to take care of our knees when you slide, it is very difficult. My two knees are already gone, there are many bruises. I think full pants work well for us,” Chahal said at the post-match press conference.

When the discussion came to Friday’s match, Chahal said that bowling in tight situations in the IPL helped him immensely. And so are words of encouragement from team management, including head coach Rahul Dravid.

“The coach always supports me. He says to me, ‘Yuzi just supports your strengths, we trust you’…,” Chahal, who made the timely breakthrough of Brandon King (54) in the 45th over to make the job harder to make up for the West Indies in their stiff chase of 309, said.

“And when the coaches and management give you that much confidence, you are always ready to perform.

“I always supported my strengths, I knew the ball had gotten old and the ball can spin and beat the batters. So I changed my line and bowled wider because the lateral border of the leg was a bit small, so I thought if he hit me cover would be better.

“This change comes from the IPL, because I bowled the 16th, 17th and 18th over there, so I got the confidence from there. My role was clear, I was told to bowl two to three overs after the 40th over So I practice accordingly and also plan with our bowling coach.” In a high-scoring thriller, Chahal, who turned 32 on Saturday, finished 2/58 of his full 10-over quota.

The hosts needed 60 of the last 90 balls and the 56-run tie between King and Akeal Hosein (32 out of 32) kept India on the brink. But thanks to Chahal and Mohammed Siraj keeping his nerves in check as they tossed the last one with the Windies who needed 15 for the win, India emerged as the winner.

“We had full confidence in Siraj and that we can defend five runs in the last over as he was bowling his yorkers very well… He barely missed one or two yorkers before.

“But yeah, there’s always a bit of pressure, given the way they were hitting. Sanju (Samson) stopped a certain limit of a wide, and that boosted our confidence.” Some big names are missing from the squad, but Chahal said the bowling attack still cannot be called inexperienced.

“There wasn’t a lot of pressure because if you look at the team in general, almost everyone has played a lot of first-class matches, they’ve had so much experience with the IPL, so you can’t say the bowling lineup was inexperienced,” Chahal said.

Asked about stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who made 97 of the 99 balls at the top of the order, Chahal said: “He’s a cool guy, his bond with every player is like a brother. We talk about our plans, different situations, and sometimes we also have fun on and off the field.” The opener was closer than many expected, given that the West Indies were swept aside by a visiting side of Bangladesh 3-0 in the preceding rubber.

“The wicket against Bangladesh and this wicket were completely different because that’s where the ball was spinning a lot. The credit should go to their batters, the way they hit in the middle. But we knew one or two wickets would take the pressure back.” put on them,” said Chahal. PTI AH TAP TAP

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