Yuzvendra Chahal, an incredible journey from Chess to Cricket

 . Last updated on November 16, 2018, 2:55 PM
Yuzvendra Chahal, an incredible journey from Chess to Cricket

Chahal is the only Indian sportsmen to represent both Chess and Cricket internationally

Yuzvendra Chahal is among the top bowlers of India. He is a right-arm leg break bowler with several specialties. Chahal is a regular ODI and T20 player in Team India bowling as a match-winner in several matches. Alongside the team he has played 25 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals wreaking up the excellent figures of 45 and 42 wickets in the formats, respectively. In 27 First-class matches, he took 70 wickets and in 58 List A matches he played so far, he toppled 83. Additionally, his bowling figures are impressive across the formats. In ODI, his average is 22.96 and in T20I, it is 18.98. In first-class he has an average of 33.90 and in List A, it is 83.

Chahal’s leg spin emerged as the prime bet in India’s bowling attack in recent games. In the currently ongoing Asia Cup 2019 tournament, the bowler has been attacking with impressive skills. After a comfortable win against Pakistan in the latest tussle, Chahal commented on the burgeoning pool of skilled bowlers in team India. He said, Indian bowling pool has swelled to 10-15 compared to the team before. Per the spinner, any bowler replacing other are as skillful as anybody. Chahal pointed out that confidence shown by management is important for youngster players, saying, “There is no negativity, you can concentrate on your bowling.”

Chahal represented India in Greece Chess World Cup in 2003 as a U-12 player.

Chahal represented India in Greece Chess World Cup in 2003 as a U-12 player.

Yuzvendra Chahal was born in Jind of Haryana. He was born in 23 July of 1990 to KK Chahal and Sunita Devi. His father is an advocate, and his mother is a homemaker. He has two elder sisters as siblings staying in Australia. Although, Chahal developed his interest in cricket at the age of 7, he was much talented in Chess. His performance within the younger age group was exceptional. Young Chahal also represented India in 2003 Greece World Cup in Chess as a U-12 player. In Chess, his overall rating was 1946. With such a bright start, the young master wanted to be a chess player but he had to abandon the game for lack of sponsorship. Destiny had other plans for him.

Moving away from chess, Chahal found solace in Cricket. He is the first ever sport person in the country to represent both Chess and Cricket from India. In early stages of his career, he started playing as a medium-fast bowler, but gradually, he caught up leg spin as his specialty. Now Chahal believes that playing chess helps him to be patient and to control his temper. As a chess player, he also has the ability to read a batsman’s mind. This must be the real reason behind his success.

Chahal is the only Indian bowler to nick a five-wicket haul in T20 International

Chahal is the only Indian bowler to nick a five-wicket haul in T20 International.

The bowler debuted first-class in 2009 as a Haryana player in a match against Madhya Pradesh. After playing a couple of List A and First-Class seasons, Chahal debuted IPL in 2011, playing for Mumbai Indians. His IPL debut campaign was short and sharp. He played only one match; the final game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the match, he took 2 wickets bowling three crucial overs as the gamechanger. He helped Mumbai to lift the title that season. In 2014 IPL, he played for Royal Challenger Bangalore.

Chahal debuted ODI against Zimbabwe in June 2016. In the debut series, Chahal was able to nick his maiden Men of the Match award. His T20 International debut was also against Zimbabwe in the same tour. In 2017, the bowler became the first Indian to nick a five-wicket haul in T20 International. Chahal took 6 wickets for 25 runs in the match against England. It is the best bowling figure attained by any player in the shortest format. In the year 2017, his picked 23 wickets in T20 International, becoming the highest wicket taker in T20 format.

Chahal is now among the best bowlers in the world. He might have been the best chess player as well. However, he chose the path and chess off course is being an underlying prowess for the cricketer. Chahal is just beginning his run to add milestones. The way ahead is certainly more exciting.

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