IPL 2019: Started learning from Shane Warne when I was 8, says Rahul Chahar

first_imgShane Warne is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest spinner to have played the sport. The legendary Australian leg-spinner has inspired quite a few young cricketers across the globe and Mumbai Indians’ teenage leggie Rahul Chahar is no exception.Rahul Chahar did not think twice before saying “Shane Warne” when he was asked who his role model was during a post-match press conference in Chennai on Friday.”I think Shane Warne (my idol). When I was young, my coach and uncle used to bring his DVDs and show his highlights to me. I started watching and learning from him when I was eight years old,” Rahul Chahar said after Mumbai Indians’ 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.Rahul Chahar put the brakes on Chennai Super Kings’ scoring rate in Mumbai Indians’ defence of 155 on a slow turner in Chennai. Despite not picking up a wicket, the 19-year-old leg-spinner just conceded 21 runs in his four-over quota.It’s no surprise that Rahul Chahar has impressed his captain Rohit Sharma. The leg-spinner has been one of the breakout performers of IPL 2019. After getting a chance earlier in the season when first-choice MI spinner Mayank Markande was sidelined with an injury, Rahul Chahar stepped up and made the most of the opportunities that has come his way.With 9 wickets from 8 matches, the young leg-spinner has sealed his spot in the star-studded Mumbai Indians playing XI. More importantly, Rahul has conceded at a miserly economy rate of 6.43.advertisementRahul, who made his IPL debut for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, is much like the modern-day leg-spinner who prefers to bowl with some pace.Ellaborating on his preference for being slightly quicker in the air, Rahul Chahar said: “Since childhood I was also told that the times are changing and bowling slower won’t be as effective as it was in the past. Since childhood, I was told that I should focus on getting turn while bowling faster.”Rahul Chahar also credited the Mumbai Indians support staff for being there whenever he has needed them. The 19-year-old pointed out the backing he has been receiving from Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan in IPL 2019.”I was with Mumbai Indians last season as well and I got the opportunity to learn a lot through my coaches such as Shane Bone. Zaheer Khan has also helped me a lot,” Rahul added.”Slowly I am starting to gain confidence as I am bowling well in the ongoing season. Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan have backed me well. During net sessions, they guide me. Whenever I need them, they are there.”Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says RohitAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence quite a big void: Stephen Fleming after MI crush CSKAlso See:last_img read more

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