Yuzvendra Chahal opened his 2019 account with six wickets in his first match of the year, spinning his way through the Australian batting line-up in the 3rd and final ODI of the three-match series in Melbourne.
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Tendulkar took to Twitter to laud Chahal for his outstanding performance, calling him India's 'trump card'. Here's what the Master Blaster had to say.
'The guile with which @yuzi_chahal has bowled today has been beautiful. He has tricked the batsmen and set them up to play shots he wanted them to play. A well deserved 6 wicket haul. Trump card selection! #INDvAUS #FightOfMight'
The guile with which @yuzi_chahal has bowled today has been beautiful. He has tricked the batsmen and set them up to play shots he wanted them to play. A well deserved 6 wicket haul. Trump card selection! #INDvAUS #FightOfMight pic.twitter.com/q4bYQxg2xK— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2019
Besides Tendulkar, many other cricketers were left in amazement.
Great effort from the Indian bowlers to bowl out Australia for 230. @yuzi_chahal was outstanding to pick up 6 wickets. Now for our batsman to chase this and win the one day series as well.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 18, 2019
Wah ji @yuzi_chahal , Chahalka macha rakha hai . 6 wicket , Shaabash— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 18, 2019
Chahal grabbed his first opportunity in the series with both hands, taking a career-best 6 for 42 to decimate Australia for a paltry 230 in the third and final ODI here on Friday.
At the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Chahal matched Ajit Agarkar's 6-42 during 2004 tri-series to record the joint best-ever ODI figures on Australian soil.
In doing so, he also improved on his previous best of 5-22 against South Africa at Centurion in January 2018.
Chahal, who replaced Mohammed Siraj, made life difficult for the Australian batsmen with deceptive flight and varying the pace of his deliveries.