IPL 2022 Qualifier 1: Title is more important than Purple Cap, says Rajasthan Royals star Yuzvendra Chahal


India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Tuesday, May 22 said all his focus is on helping Rajasthan Royals win the IPL 2022 title and not on winning the Purple Cap. Chahal is leading the race for the Purple Cap for most wickets taken in a season with 26 scalps, 2 more than 2nd-placed Wanindu Hasaranga.

Chahal is sitting pretty at the top of the table as Hasaranga, who has been in fine form for Royal Challengers Bangalore, is the only real threat apart from Gujarat Titans’ Rashid Khan, who only has 18 wickets in 14 matches.

Chahal has had a new lease of life with Rajasthan Royals as he has been the leader of the bowling attack. Chahal picked up a hat-trick and a 5-wicket haul, his first in the IPL, this season. Despite having been RCB’s leading wicket-taker for RCB over the years, Chahal was not retained by the Bengaluru based franchise ahead of the mega auction but the leg-spinner has thrived at Rajasthan.

Chahal has an opportunity to finish ahead of RCB’s Hasaranga but the leg-spinner said he is certainly not worried about the two-way race at the moment.

“Never thought much about the Purple Cap, the plan was always to finish in the top two and happy to get that. The title is always important, much more than the Purple Cap,” Chahal said before the Qualifier 1 between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat TItans at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Chahal eyes an all-time IPL record as he is just a wicket away from breaking Imran Tahir’s record for the most wickets by a spinner in an IPL season.

CHAHAL REVEALS SUCCESS MANTRA

Furthermore, Chahal said he backed himself to showcase his strengths and kept things simple at the Royals this year.

“Backed myself on doing the things I’m good at, just kept my focus on delivering game by game. The preparation has been good, everyone is positive and excited for this game (Qualifier 1),” Chahal added.

Gujarat Titans won the toss and Hardik Pandya opt to bowl against the Royals.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals star pacer Trent Boult the experience in their camp will hold them in good stead in the Qualifier 1 against Gujarat. With the likes of Jos Buttler, R Ashwin, Chahal, Boult himself and Shimron Hetmyer, Rajasthan have a star-studded line-up.

“We’ve got a very well balanced group that have played in various tournaments, World Cups, knockout games etc, so I think it is all on everyone to help each other out but no pressure really from our end, we’re just excited to go out there and do what we’ve been doing throughout the season,” Boult said.



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