Cricketing milestones, rise through the ranks, trials and tribulations and their glamorous lifestyles – we cover it all in ‘Know Your Player’, a brand-new section aimed at keeping you updated with everything you need to know! In this edition, we take a look at India’s wonderful leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal. Keep watching this space for a new superstar every time!
Before representing India in cricket, Chahal had already played for the nation in a different sport. He represented India in the World Youth Chess Championship. However, moving away from the 64 squares, he soon embraced the 22 yards and featured in Haryana’s age-group teams. He captained Haryana in a few games at the U-17 and U-19 level before making his Ranji Trophy debut in 2009.
Chahal first tasted national prominence for his stints with Mumbai Indians in the IPL and in the T20 Champions League. In 2014, Royal Challengers Bangalore snapped him up and they have been together since. The leg-spinner soon paved his way into the national team and made a name for himself with his white-ball exploits. Despite having the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore as a home ground which is known for its short boundaries, Chahal has managed to shine with his bowling consistency.
Off The Field
Chahal is one of the most popular and notorious Indian cricketers off the field. He always makes his presence felt on social media platforms. The BCCI has given him a chatting platform named ‘Chahal TV’ where the leggie interviews his teammates in a comical fashion. The bowler utilised the lockdown to the optimum where he had also started posting his TikTok videos. Chahal is a thorough entertainer on and off the field.
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