Team India is experiencing a magnificent run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza. Virat Kohli and Co. have won all of their four completed games thus far in the 50-overs quadrennial tournament, while the game against New Zealand got washed out. They have the license to thrill in cash-rich T20 leagues but the likes of Andre Russell will feel “situational pressure” in their World Cup game against India, feels leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
West Indies are all but out of semi-final contention having lost four out of their six games and Russell’s hamstring issues have compounded their problems further. Chahal, who has had a good World Cup so far with seven wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 5.45, will be ready to ask questions along with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, who has given less than five runs per over.
“We would obviously have a plan. He (Russell) is a hard-hitter but we have bowled to him enough,” Chahal replied when asked about the possible gameplan for Russell and the other big-hitters in their line-up.
The wiry bowler, who is ready with his bag of tricks for the June 27 battle, is certain that the Caribbean batsmen will be under severe pressure as they are desperate for a win. “Playing for your country is very different from playing IPL. The pressure to win games is as much on them as it is on us. Look, they are desperate to win. They are also trying to get some form back. So the conditions will be different and so will be the situation,” Chahal had a word of caution for the opposition.
We would also be changing our tactics
Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game. However with all his pyrotechnics, the Jamaican marauder may come to the crease when the Windies might be four out for next to nothing and he would need to play as per situation, reckoned Chahal.
“If Russell comes in after four have got out, then he would also be conscious that he would like to play himself in. So we would also be changing our tactics as per game situation,” he said.
The Afghanistan game has been like a reassurance for the bowling unit that they can deliver even when the margins are lesser due to a low total. “This was one occasion when we scored below 230 (224). There would be some negative points that would come up and also a few positive points. When you win these types of games, you are confident that even scores less than 250 can be defended,” he said.