Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Rahul Chahar, saying the teenage leg-spinner has been making good use of the opportunities in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. DC vs MI, IPL 2019 – Report | Highlights
Rohit revealed Mumbai Indians were keen on giving Rahul Chahar an opportunity as early as last year. The 19-year-old has been in fine form in the ongoing season of IPL, getting the crucial breakthroughs for Mumbai.
On Thursday, Rahul Chahar shone with the ball, picking up the crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and captain Shreyas Iyer as Mumbai Indians restricted Delhi Capitals to 128 for 9 while defending a 169-run target. Chahar finished with figures of 19 for 3 from his four-over quota to help Mumbai Indians climb to the second spot of the IPL points table.
Chahar, who had made his IPL debut for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, has played only nine matches in the Twenty20 league but the youngster is showing signs of a matured spinner. He has picked up six wickets in as many matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 at a miserly economy rate of 6.50.
Revealing Rahul Chahar is good while bowling to left-handers as well, Rohit said: “It’s something that he’s been working on. He was part of the team last year, but never got to play. At some stage, we wanted to get him in. He’s shown the right kind of attitude, and he’s very smart in terms of what he wants to execute. Those breakthroughs were good. He’s very confident bowling to left-handers too. If you show confidence in him as captain, he will deliver.”
Rahul Chahar’s leg-breaks have helped us stay in the game! Special performance on a special night
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Mumbai Indians finished strong on what was a sluggish wicket with an invariable bounce at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, thanks to some power hitting by the Pandya brothers.
While Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries in his 15-ball 32 and walked away with the Man of the Match award, Krunal made 37 off 26 balls. Mumbai Indians collected 50 runs off the last three overs to post 168 on the board.
Delhi Capitals got a strong start as they posted 48 for 0 in the powerplay overs but they were never able to recover from Rahul Chahar’s triple strike. Rishabh Pant, who has the firepower to tear into opposition attacks, was removed early by a Jasprit Bumrah beauty. Mumbai never let Delhi come back into the match as they bowled 11 overs of spin on the sluggish track.
“After the first two overs, we thought 140 was a good score. That’s the chat Quinny and I had, and then luckily for us, we had wickets in hand, and we could use our power-hitters to get some runs in the last few overs. We knew we had quality in our spinners, and they executed it perfectly,” Rohit said.