Yuzvendra Chahal (born 23 July 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for the Indian cricket team in white ball cricket as a leg spin bowler. He also currently plays for Haryana in domestic cricket and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He is a Right-arm leg break bowler. Chahal was the second player and first Indian to take a 6 wicket haul in T20I history.[2] He was the first concussion substitute to be named man of the match in an international cricket match.[3] He is a former chess player and represented India internationally in chess.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal in 2019
Personal information
Born (1990-07-23) 23 July 1990 (age 33)
Jind, Haryana, India
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
BowlingRight-arm leg break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 211)11 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI24 January 2023 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.3
T20I debut (cap 60)19 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I13 August 2023 v West Indies
T20I shirt no.3
Domestic team information
2004–presentHaryana (squad no. 3)
2011–2013Mumbai Indians (squad no. 23)
2014–2021Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 3)
2022–presentRajasthan Royals (squad no. 3)
2023Kent County Cricket Club (squad no. 27)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 72 80 35 129
Runs scored 69 6 345 300
Batting average 8.62 3.00 8.41 11.11
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 18* 3* 42 24*
Balls bowled 3,437 1,764 6,477 6,306
Wickets 121 96 96 196
Bowling average 26.77 25.09 34.51 26.40
5 wickets in innings 2 1 2 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/42 6/25 6/44 6/24
Catches/stumpings 15/– 14/– 12/– 27/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 October 2023

Domestic career edit

Chahal was first signed up by Mumbai Indians in 2011. He appeared in only 1 IPL game across three season and that was against Kolkata Knight Riders on 24 April but played in all matches in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. He took 2 for 9 in 3 overs in the Final against Royal Challengers Bangalore, helping Mumbai defend the total of 139 and lift the title. At the 2014 IPL players auction, he was bought by the Royal Challengers for his base price of 10 lakh. He got the Man of the Match award against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2014.

In January 2018, he was bought back by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 IPL auction.[4] In February 2022, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the Mega auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.[5] On 18 April 2022, in the IPL match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Chahal took a hat-trick and a five-wicket haul.[6] He became the first Indian to take 300 wickets in T20s during Rajasthan Royals' opening match of the 2023 Indian Premier League against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.[7]

In September 2023, Chahal signed for English side Kent County Cricket Club for the remainder of the 2023 County Championship season after not being selected for India's Asia Cup and World Cup side.

International career edit

He was named in the 14-man squad to tour Zimbabwe in 2016. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 11 June 2016, Richmond Mutumbami was his first wicket in ODIs.[8]

In the second match, Chahal took three wickets for just 26 runs and led his side to victory by 8 wickets. In his second over, he delivered a seam-up delivery at a speed of 109 km/h.[9] His bowling performance earned him first international man of the match award as well.

He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare on 18 June 2016, Malcolm Waller was his first wicket in T20Is.[10]

On 1 February 2017, he became the first bowler for India to take a five wicket haul in T20Is, ending with figures of 6/25 against England.[11][12] Yuzvendra Chahal was also the first legspinner to pick up a fifer as well as 6 wicket haul in a T20I and had the record for the best bowling as a legspinner in T20I history (6/25).

He took the most wickets (23) in T20Is in 2017 by any bowler.[13] Chahal is also the first Indian bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in T20Is in the third T20 against England on February 1, 2017.

On 18 January 2019, Chahal took his 2nd One Day International 5 wicket haul by taking 6/42 against Australia. These were the joint best figures by an Indian bowler vs Aussies after Ajit Agarkar in 2003/04. These also were best figures by an Indian spinner at MCG in Australia against Australia. In this match, Australia scored 230 in 48.5 overs while India chased it easily by winning it from 7 wickets courtesy fine knocks from M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav.

In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[14][15] He ended his world cup campaign with 12 wickets.[16] In November 2019, during the third T20I against Bangladesh, he became the third bowler for India to take 50 wickets in T20Is.[17]

On 4 December 2020, in the first T20I match against Australia, Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja as a suffering a concussion.[18] Chahal was later named the man of the match, becoming the first concussion substitute to win the man of the match award in an international cricket fixture.[19] In June 2021, he was named in India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Sri Lanka.[20]

He was left out of the Indian 2021 T20 WC squad, prompting several questions and reactions.[21][22]

In February 2022, in the opening match against the West Indies, Chahal took his 100th wicket in ODI cricket.[23]

In June 2022, Chahal was named in India's squad for their T20I series against Ireland.[24]

Chess career edit

Chahal is the only player to represent India in both chess and cricket. He represented India in chess at the World Youth Chess Championship, though he gave up the game later when he struggled to find a sponsor.[25][26] He is listed in World Chess Federation's official site, as per latest FIDE ratings, Chahal's rating is 1956.[27]

Personal life edit

Yuzvendra Chahal got engaged to Dhanashree Verma, a YouTuber, dance choreographer and dentist on 8 August 2020 and married her on 22 December 2020 in Gurgaon in a private ceremony.[28]

Harassment edit

In 2022, he revealed that during his stint with the Mumbai Indians, a drunk teammate dangled him from a 15th floor balcony. He did not name the player, but this revelation led to calls for strict action. Earlier, he had also been tied up in a room by Andrew Symonds and James Franklin.[29][30][31]

References edit

  1. ^ Yuzvendra Chahal’s profile on Sportskeeda
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  4. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ "IPL 2022 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Jos Buttler ton, Yuzvendra Chahal hat-trick give Rajasthan Royals narrow win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  7. ^ "IPL 2023: Yuzvendra Chahal becomes first Indian in T20 history to achieve sensational wicket-taking record". Hindustan Times. 2 April 2023. Retrieved 2 April 2023.
  8. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 11, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Chahal breaks the 100 km/h-mark". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  10. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 18, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Record bowling figures for India, and a near-record collapse from England". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  12. ^ "England in India T20I Series, 2016–17 – 3rd T20I Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Most Wickets in Twenty20 Internationals in 2017". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Rahul and Karthik in, Pant and Rayudu out of India's World Cup squad". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar in India's World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  16. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Statistics".
  17. ^ "Team India win first T20 series this year at home, Deepak Chahar became first Indian to take a hat-trick in this format". DB Post. Archived from the original on 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Jadeja subbed out in unusual circumstances". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Yuzvendra Chahal: concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, also Man of the Match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  20. ^ "India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Shikhar Dhawan to lead India in limited-overs". Six Sports. Archived from the original on 12 August 2022. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  21. ^ "'He did everything he could': Netizens disappointed not seeing Chahal in India's T20 World Cup squad again". DNA India. 13 October 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  22. ^ "Never understood why Yuzvendra Chahal wasn't selected for the T20 World Cup, says Virender Sehwag". India Today. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  23. ^ "IND vs WI: Yuzvendra Chahal becomes second-fastest Indian spinner to incredible milestone". Hindustan Times. 6 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Hardik Pandya to captain India in Ireland T20Is; Rahul Tripathi gets maiden call-up". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  25. ^ "From Checkmate to Howzatt: The journey of Yuzvendra Chahal". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Yuzvendra Chahal: Chess' loss was IPL's gain". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  27. ^ "Yuzvendra, S. Chahal FIDE Chess Profile – Players Arbiters Trainers". Ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  28. ^ "Cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal marries choreographer Dhanashree Verma in Gurugram. See pics". Hindustan Times. 22 December 2020.
  29. ^ "He was very drunk, he took me and hung me out of the 15th-floor balcony". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  30. ^ "Indian Premier League 2022: What Ravi Shastri Said After Yuzvendra Chahal's Shocking Revelation | Cricket News". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  31. ^ "BCCI should take a look on 2013 incident with Chahal in IPL: Sarandeep Singh | Cricket News". The Times of India. ANI. 9 April 2022. Retrieved 9 April 2022.

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