Rahul Chahar has ability to change his game plan as per conditions: MI head coach Jayawardene

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene on Monday said Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar isn’t just skillful but has also developed the ability to tweak his game-plan as per the batsman’s strategy.

“As a coach and as management team, we are happy with his progress. He has developed intelligence. It is not just about skills. Having a game-plan and executing or changing it depending on what batsmen is doing [- he has that ability],” said Jayawardene while speaking to the media on Chahar’s ability to improvise.

“We are happy with the way he has come out. He is a leader in our bowling group, the spin department,” added Jayawardene.

“Rahul has been quite consistent for us for the last three years. We knew he had talent. He was also quite raw when we started playing him. I believe it was the 2019 season when he had the breakthrough season.”

“Even in UAE, the last season he bowled well. He had his ups and downs. He wasn’t [initially] consistent in his execution. But every year we see improvement in Rahul. Mind you, he is still a young player. We feel he has been around for a long time but he is also learning,” said the former Sri Lanka skipper.

Jayawardene lauded the bowling unit saying it is the bowling unit that wins the title.

“Bowling unit is what we have been focussing on. Bowlers win championships. We have worked hard to create that set-up because you need to have the attacking options in all conditions – quality, skills to be able to exercise the skills,” he added.

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