By India Today Sports Desk: Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is still dreaming about making his debut for the Indian Test team saying that red ball cricket is still on his checklist.
Chahal has been a mainstay in white-ball cricket since making his debut in 2016. The 32-year-old has played 72 ODI matches and has picked up 121 wickets and has played 75 T20Is where he has got 91 scalps.
During the IPL 2023 season, Chahal went past Dwayne Bravo to become the leading wicket-taker in IPL history with 187 wickets to his name. Despite his brilliant exploits in white-ball cricket, the 32-year-old is harbouring the hope of making a mark in Test cricket.
Speaking to Crictracker, Chahal said that the pinnacle of playing for the national team would to be a part of red-ball cricket. The leg-spinner claimed that he has the dream if getting the tag of Test cricketer next to his name.
"Every cricketer has a dream of representing his/her team on the international platform. And they reach the pinnacle when they wear whites and play red-ball cricket. I have a similar dream too. I have achieved a lot in white-ball cricket, but red-ball is still on my checklist. I still have the dream of getting the tag of ‘Test cricketer’ next to my name. I try to give my best in domestic and Ranji games so as to fulfill this dream of mine, and I hope to get the opportunity of representing the Indian Test team soon," said Chahal.
While his white-ball cricket exploits are there for everyone to see, Chahal is yet to play a game in the T20 World Cup. When asked about this, the leg-spinner said he doesn't ponder upon this too much and his aim is to give 100 percent for the team.
"That’s fine, you know. Some things are not in your hands, so I don’t ponder much upon that. My focus is on giving my best and performing well till the time I’m playing the game. Be it any match, my aim is to give my 100%. Selection is something that is not in our hands. Whether you’re playing or not, once you wear the blue jersey and be a part of the squad, it always gives you a sense of confidence. At least you’re there, and have to be ready for whatever is coming next," said Chahal.