IPL 2018: Virat Kohli has instilled courage in Yuzvendra Chahal, says Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori

A lot has been spoken about Kohli's leadership style and what Vettori finds impressive is the Indian captain's receptive attitude.

PTI, February 09, 2018

St Moritz: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori feels India skipper Virat Kohli has instilled a lot of courage in wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, calling it the primary reason for his phenomenal success in limited-overs cricket.

Vettori is currently the coach of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, which Kohli captains. Chahal is currently the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa with 11 scalps in three games.

Cricket - India v Australia - First One Day International Match - Chennai, India – September 17, 2017 – Yuzvendra Chahal and team's captain Virat Kohli of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RC1F95EDF140

Yuzvendra Chahal has been Virat Kohli's go-to wrist spinner in ODIs. Reuters

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the 'St Moritz Ice Cricket Tournament', Vettori attributed Chahal's success to the risks he took during the IPL where he operated on a bowler's graveyard like Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"Yuzi is a brave bowler and it's not easy when you are playing a lot of IPL matches at a small ground like the Chinnaswamy, which is conducive to batting," Vettori said.

"He is still prepared to attack the batsmen and this is a mindset that Virat has instilled in him while leading him at RCB and now India. Surely, it's paying dividends as we can see," he added.

A lot has been spoken about Kohli's leadership style and what Vettori finds impressive is the Indian captain's receptive attitude.

"The good thing is that I have played with Virat for RCB before taking up the coach's role. So, we have, at one level, grown together as cricketers but the best part about Virat is that he is prepared to listen and learn," he said.

"So, I really enjoy the two sides of him — aggression to win on the field, that desperation and off the field — sit back and try to soak in information, not only about his own game but also about the team's performance," he added.

The demand for quality wrist spinners has increased in international cricket but Vettori feels it is all about who are good in certain formats during a particular phase.

Asked if leg-spinners are more in vogue compared to finger spinners, Vettori replied: "I don't think there has been a shift as it is happening for a while now. It's shifting towards whoever is good at a particular phase.

"R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have dominated Test cricket for an extended period of time and they continue to do that. Similarly, a Chahal or a Karn Sharma or Piyush Chawla have dominated the IPL space and they continue to do that."

Vettori was also against the generalisation that batsmen nowadays are not able to pick up wrist spinners easily.

"Some batsmen do and some don't. For me, I sit back and enjoy whenever a leg-spinner or for that matter, any spin bowler does well and appreciate their skill level.

"Chahal is a very talented, skilful and accurate bowler. That package is tough to deal with as a batsman in any condition," he said.

"I am so happy for Yuzi that he is not only performing in India but outside the sub-continent as well.

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
13 8 5 0 16
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
13 6 7 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
13 6 7 0 12
8
Delhi
13 4 9 0 8




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114