WPL 2024: Yuzvendra Chahal’s reaction to RCB leg-spinner Asha heroics goes viral


India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was chuffed to see another leg-spinner do well for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru after Sobhana Asha emerged the hero against UP Warriorz in the second game of Women’s Premier League 2024. The 32-year-old Asha became the first Indian to pick up a 5-wicket haul in WPL as RCB beat UP in a thriller in front of a packed crowd on Saturday, February 24.

Sobhana Asha picked 5 wickets and conceded just 22 runs as she ran through the UP Warriorz batting unit, dismissing power-hitters of the likes of Tahila McGrath, Grace Harris, and Kiran Navgire. The Kerala leg-spinner got the big wickets of Grace and Sweta Sehrawat in the triple wicket 17th over to swing the momentum in favour of RCB as she broke a 77-run stand. | RCB vs UP Warriorz Highlights |

Sobhana Asha was smart with her approach as she was not afraid to loop the ball in the air. At the same time, the seasoned leg-spinner did not shy away from using her variations and firing one in, occasionally.

Sobhana’s leg-spin masterclass seems to have reminded Yuzvendra Chahal of his time at the RCB as the India leg-spinner found plenty of success at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where most bowlers have struggled in the IPL.

The RCB fans went home happy after contributing to a sell-out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for their first-ever home game in the nascent WPL history. From the toss to the final ball, the chants of ‘RCB, RCB’ reverberated across the iconic venue.

“A lot of struggle and a lot of hard work. I’m not thinking about my 5 wickets, we won our first game at our home ground. Very happy that I contributed to the victory and that too at Chinnaswamy,” an emotional Sobhana said after winning the Player of the Match award.

RCB also rode on Richa Ghosh and Sabbhineni Meghana’s fifties to post 157, which proved enough for the home team.

CHAHAL’S CHINNASWAMY LOVE

Yuzvendra Chahal enjoyed the challenge of bowling at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and became a star in the RCB squad in IPL. Chahal took 139 wickets for RCB in 113 matches, including 2 four-wicket hauls during his stint with the side between 2014 and 2021. Despite his significant contributions to the team, the decision to release Chahal ahead of the 2022 IPL season came as a shock to many, including Chahal himself.

Mike Hesson, the then director of cricket at RCB, recently recalled that Chahal was visibly upset, disinterested, and frustrated upon hearing the news. The decision was influenced by auction dynamics and the strategic direction the team wanted to take, which unfortunately did not favor retaining Chahal.

Published By:

Akshay Ramesh

Published On:

Feb 24, 2024



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