Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has conceded that if India win the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year, then the noise surrounding the team will be extinguished. “I want to continue for 5-6 years. I want to win at least one World Cup. I think the way we have been playing and how our team is shaping up currently, its a positive sign,” he said at the 10th edition of India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit.
“We won in New Zealand, Australia and West Indies and if we win the T20 World Cup next year, all the noise will die down.”
The World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand in July still fresh in his mind, Chahal said he struggled to hold back his tears when MS Dhoni.
Chasing 240, Chahal walked into bat after Dhoni fell in the 49th over against New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final which India lost by 18 runs.
Dhoni stitched a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja to get India close after they were tottering at 92 for 6 at one stage. But Dhoni’s dismissal, run out on 50, crushed India’s hopes of reaching the final.
“It was my first World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing.”
“We played so well for nine games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. Rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground.”
Asked about his omission, Chahal said his only job was to work hard and perform and not think about selection. “Your job is to perform. when we (Kuldeep Yadav and me) came we performed really well. After IPL, our bench strength has got pretty strong too. Now if the team management is trying good talent, it is good that you know that there is competition and you have to work harder. You can’t stay away from cricket,” Chahal said.