Yuzvendra Chahal is a leg break bowler who plays for Haryana in domestic leagues and the Indian national side. He was born on 23rd July 1990.
An attacking leg spinner, he is known for his right-arm leg break googly. His googlies aren’t the most trickiest. However, he throws batsmen in a fix with the help of his skiddy bowling action and pin-point accurate line and length.
He is often found luring the batsman with his flight, as a result a lot of his wickets are actually attempts to clear the fence.
He has also represented India in chess alongside cricket, as he was part of the Under-16 Indian chess team. His name is still listed in the website of World Chess Federation and is the only Indian player to represent the nation in both the sports.
Chahal caught the limelight when he took 34 wickets in the 2009 National Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy and was adjudged the highest wicket taker of the tournament. He then made his first class debut for Haryana in the same year at the age of 19 in an away game against Madhya Pradesh in Indore.
Despite not having played many first class games, his impressive performances saw him sign for Mumbai Indians in 2011, as part of their IPL squad.
He currently plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, after having represented Mumbai Indians for three years.
He made his debut for the national side on 11th June 2016, in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in Harare. He completed the match with the figures of 1/27 in his ten overs.
His debut in Twenty20 International debut was also against Zimbabwe, a week later. India lost the match by two runs and Chahal finished with the figure of 1/38 in his four overs.
Despite his underwhelming display in his T20I debut, he has performed very strongly. He has cemented his position in the national T20I side and also features regularly for the ODI team.
Rise to Glory
He first came into the fore when scored the last couple of runs in a thrilling Champions League T20 match against Trinidad for the Mumbai Indians.
However, he really grabbed eyeballs when helped Mumbai Indians lift the IPL title against RCB with the figures of 2/9 in three overs. Following this performance, he was signed up by the RCB squad in the next edition of IPL.
In his second ODI, Chahal finished with three wickets and conceded only 25 runs, which helped India win the match against Zimbabwe and was adjudged the Man of the Match award.
On 16th February 2017, Chahal became the first Indian player with a five wicket haul in T20I against England and ended with figures of 6/25 in his 4 overs.
Chahal didn’t feature regularly for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, but played all of their matches in the Champions League T20. He also won the IPL title with Mumbai Indians, putting in a stellar performance in the final.
He has since become an integral part of the RCB bowling attack. His best bowling figure in first class cricket is 6/44.
His 6/25 makes him one of the only two players to get a six wicket haul in T20 history. He finished 2017 as leading wicket taker in the world for the year with 23 wickets in 11 matches.