Chasing a target of 153, KKR produced a 72-run opening stand in 8.5 overs and needed another 72 from the last 10 overs but the 21-year-old Chahar pulled off quite a coup, taking four wickets en route to his game-changing 4 for 27 in the IPL match on Tuesday night.
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“… he (Rohit) told me “bowl with confidence… you’re bowling well, sometimes even I’m not able to understand (your variations in the nets). They (KKR batters) would also feel the same way. Just keep your focus, bowl in good length and try to get spin’,” Chahar said in the virtual press-conference.
“I knew if there was someone who could be the game changer in such a match, it was the spinners. I always had the confidence.”
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Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar turned the match on its head on Tuesday, taking four wickets as Mumbai Indians pulled off a brilliant come from behind win vs the Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in Chennai. (ANI/BCCI/IPL Photo)
Chahar, who has played three T20Is for India, said he didn’t feel much pressure as he is used to bowling to the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard at the nets.
“I’m used to bowling to the top Indian players in the nets, and when you do that, the pressure is less in a match scenario like this. So there was nothing much going in my mind,” he said.
“This is my fourth year with MI, I’ve been bowling to the likes of Pollard, Hardik, considered among the world’s best hitters. So I don’t feel much pressure.”
After Chahar dismissed KKR top-scorer Nitish Rana for his fourth wicket, Krunal Pandya removed Shakib-Al-Hasan.
“We both played well. He (Krunal) also had a good spell, restricting the run flow. We got some help from the wicket,” he said.
With the small target, KKR were still in the chase despite the collapse but Chahar said they never gave up.
“It was a close match. We always had the belief that (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Trent) Boult would turn the match in the death overs,” he signed off.
Mumbai Indians will next play Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai.