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Gavaskar picks Chahal as best young talent of IPL-9

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday picked young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as the best young talent from the just-concluded IPL-9, terming the Royal Challengers Bangalore player the best in terms of talent and temperament.

Chahal took 21 wickets from 13 matches to finish IPL-9 as second highest wicket-taker behind pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 23 from 17 games.

“I am considering those who have temperament and not just talent. Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya are the top three. I will pick the 25-year-old Chahal at the top as he has got the right temperament,” Gavaskar said.

“He (Chahal) is not afraid of tossing up the ball and he kept on doing that. When there is some turn on the pitch, there have to be big edges from the batsmen’s bat. Chahal also has a big heart and he is not afraid of a big hit.

“On many occasions, he came back after being hit for sixes to claim wickets,” he told NDTV.

Commenting on Pant and Pandya's performances, the Indian great said, “They have also done well in the tournament though they need some improvement. But Chahal is my top pick as he has been the most consistent.”


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