India’s premier leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is always seen sharing a good camaraderie with limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. The two players have often been in the headlines, be it for an Instagram post or some hilarious comments.
Chahal first came into the limelight in the Indian Premier League and it was Rohit Sharma, who was the captain of the side. The leggie made his debut in 2013 for Mumbai Indians and since then, he has taken the cricket world to a storm. Moreover, it was Rohit who gave a chance to Chahal and changed his life thereafter. Soon, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and has become their premier leg-spinner since then.
Chahal reveals how Rohit spoke to him before his debut IPL match
During a close chat with India TV, Chahal revealed the details of the night before his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians in 2013 and also spoke about the captaincy styles of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma – three pillars of modern Indian cricket.
“I have a close bond with Rohit bhaiya because we have known each other since 2011 when I first came to Mumbai Indians. I made my IPL debut because of Rohit bhaiya. I was not getting any opportunities and Rohit bhaiya took over the captaincy from Ricky Ponting in that game only.
“He came to my room and said ‘Tu match khel raha hai!’ (You are playing the match!). I was [surprised] because we already had Bhajji pa (Harbhajan Singh), Ojha bhaiya (Pragyan Ojha) and we never played 3 spinners,” Chahal told India TV.
‘Rohit, Me and Kuldeep – we three always stayed together, ate together’
Further, speaking about the bond he shares with Rohit Sharma, the 30-year-old said that the trio of him, Kuldeep and Rohit is almost inseparable and they always stayed together.
“Then when I came to the Indian team there he, me and Kuldeep [Yadav], we always stayed together, always ate together. He’s like an elder brother to me. You can have fun with him while knowing that you can’t cross the line because of the respect you have for him. So, like this, our bond became strong,” Chahal concluded.