In each of RCB's four games, Chahal has been an irresistible force, and has been both plucking wickets and plugging the flow of runs, so much so that his country could end up regretting his absence in the World Cup that begins next month.
This raises the big question: Was India too hasty in discarding Chahal?
How does his IPL stats compare, before and after the break?
In four games post-break, he has already nabbed more wickets than he had in seven games before in the first leg (seven as opposed to four). Every other form gauging metric has staggeringly improved. In the first instalment, every wicket cost him 34.5 balls, which is almost a wicket in six overs. and 47.5 runs. Since resumption, he has grabbed a wicket in every twelve balls and for every 11 runs conceded.
If he bled 8.26 runs an over pre-interval, he has kept it around six an over (in the last two games, he has given away only 3.5 runs an over while picking 5 wickets).
What has changed in him?
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