Yuzvendra Chahal - The Chess Wizard
Born in Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal has become one of India’s best in the limited-overs format of cricket. Having represented India in chess at youth level as well, the 31-year-old is a clever leg spinner who is a regular wicket taker in the middle overs. He made his domestic debut for Haryana against Madhya Pradesh at the age of 19. However, the spinner hasn’t played many matches at the domestic level. Some good performances in the shortest format helped him get a contract with Team Mumbai in the Indian T20 League’s in 2011.
Chahal made his ODI debut in 2016 against Zimbabwe. His impressive performance in the second match helped him get the Man of the Match award too. He made his T20I debut on the same tour against Zimbabwe in 2016. His form made him a regular on the Indian Team in the limited-overs format and in February 2017, he became the first ever Indian bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in T20Is, with figures of 6/25 against England. These are the second-best bowling figures in T20I history. He also ended up being the highest wicket taker in 2017 in T20Is. His consistency got him selected in the 2019 World Cup squad and he was one of India’s best performers, picking 12 wickets in the tournament. Though Chahal couldn’t make it to the Indian team for the 2021 T20 World Cup, he will hopefully get enough chances to prove his mettle at big international tournaments in the future.
Chahal’s Indian T20 League career didn’t get off to the best of starts, as he hardly played any games for Team Mumbai. In the 2014 auction, he was bought by Team Bangalore at his base price and since then, he has been one of the key players for Bangalore in the bowling department.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s Personal Details
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Date of Birth
- 23rd July, 1990
- Jind, Haryana (India)
- Bowling Style
- Right-arm leg spinner
- Playing Role
- Teams Played For
- India, Mumbai, Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal’s Current Rankings
Yuzvendra Chahal’s Career Summary
- Balls Bowled
- Best Figures
- 6/42 vs Aus
- 6/25 vs Eng
Yuzvendra Chahal – Key Skills and Strengths
Chahal isn’t the biggest turner of the ball, nor does he have a big turning googly, which most of the wrist spinners these days do. However, his main strength lies in his line and length with variations in his pace. The leg spinner also isn’t afraid of taking the risk and loves to flight the ball to the batter, luring him into the shot. His knack for consistently taking wickets in the middle overs has been a huge plus for Team India at the international stage and Team Bangalore in the Indian T20 League. Prior to the saliva ban, he also used the natural element to get drift and deceive the batters. Although he doesn’t have a huge turning googly, the flipper and the ball that holds its line have proved hugely successful for the spinner. Along with picking wickets, halting the flow of runs in the middle overs is another important job of every spinner and the leggie does this very well. Even though he has struggled on flat surfaces, his ability of taking wickets at crucial moments has always helped his cause. His three 5-wicket hauls in ODIs and T20Is speak for themselves.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s Awards and Achievements
Here are some of Chahal’s key achievements in international cricket:
He is the first Indian and only the second bowler in T20I history to pick a 6-wicket haul.
He holds the record for picking up the most wickets (23) in T20Is in 2017.
He was the first concussion substitute to be adjudged the Man of the Match in an international fixture.
He holds the record for the most consecutive 4-wicket hauls (2) in T20Is.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s Indian T20 League Journey
Following his performance in the 2009 National Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy, Chahal was bought by the Mumbai franchise. After playing just one match in his entire Mumbai career in the Indian T20 League, Yuzvendra Chahal was released by the 5-time champions. He was then bought by Team Bangalore for a base price of ₹10 lakh. Since then, the leg spinner has been a revelation for Bangalore and Team India. He ended up with 12 wickets in his debut season for Bangalore in 2014. It’s the next two seasons where he caught the eye of everyone. He claimed 23 and 21 wickets in the 2015 and 2016 seasons respectively. He has become Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler in the limited-overs format of the game since then as he has a knack for picking wickets at crucial moments. In his Indian T20 League career, the leg spinner has picked up 139 wickets in 114 matches, which is the ninth-highest among all bowlers in the Indian T20 League.
- Balls Bowled
- Best Figures
- Indian T20 League
- 4/25 vs Punjab
Yuzvendra Chahal: FAQs
Chahal always idolized Shane Warne and wished that he could bowl like him.
Chahal says he would like to take a 10-wicket haul in a Test match.
Having also represented India in chess at the junior level, Chahal finds chess easier to play than cricket.
The leg spinner is a big fan of professional wrestling and says he would like to meet John Cena.