All You Need To Know About The Life History Of Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Singh Chahal is a popular Indian cricketer. Nicknamed ‘Yuzi’, Chahal plays as a right-arm leg spinner. Chahal has played a total of 67 ODI matches and 62 T20I matches for India and has amassed 197 wickets in his international career, including seven 4-wicket hauls and 3 5-wicket hauls. The 32-year-old is married to a popular choreographer and digital creator, Dhanashree Verma. Other than cricket, Chahal also had a professional chess career. By referring to sports news cricket, you can learn about him very well.

Early life and Childhood

Yuzvendra Chahal was born on 23 July 1990 in Jind, Haryana, India, to his father, K K Chahal, and his mother, Sunita Devi. Chahal was blessed with a sharp brain, and he completed his schooling at DAV Public School in Jind. He had an interest in both cricket and chess from a young age and played both of them. At the tender age of 12, Chahal was the winner of the National U-11 Chess Championship and also got selected to play in the U-12 World Chess Championship. Later, he gave up chess due to a lack of financial support and gave his complete devotion to cricket. Henceforth, Chahal started playing in several U-14 BCCI tournaments and with an array of good performances, he made it into U-16 and U-19 squads. 

Domestic Career

Chahal made a name for himself when he took 34 wickets in the National U-19 Coach Behar trophy back in 2009. Then he got to play his first ever Ranji Trophy match, playing for Haryana against Madhya Pradesh in the 2009-10 season. After impressing everyone with his performances in the domestic circuit, Chahal got picked by the Mumbai Indians franchise in the 2011 edition of the IPL. There, in his three-year tenure, he got to play only in one IPL match. Although he played in the 2011 Champions League, he helped his team win the finals by taking 2 wickets for only 9 runs in three overs. In the 2014 IPL auctions, Chahal earned a contract from the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise. 

He played 8 consecutive seasons of the IPL for the same team and took 139 wickets in 113 matches. Before the current year’s season of the IPL, Chahal was released by his franchise ahead of the mega auction. He was bought by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for Rs. 6.5 crores. Chahal won the purple cap with 27 wickets, including a hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders, and helped his team become the runner-ups. Till now, Chahal has played only 31 First-class matches and has taken 84 wickets at an average and economy of 33.21 and 3.06, respectively. Although Chahal has ambitions to represent his national team in the longest format of the game, his last Ranji Trophy match was back in 2018.  

International Career

Chahal made his international debut against Zimbabwe on 11 June 2016 and took his first wicket in the match. He performed exceptionally well in the following match by taking 3 wickets for a mere 26 runs. Subsequently, Chahal played his first ever T20I match against Zimbabwe on 18 June 2016. Later in a T20I match against England, Chahal picked up 6 wickets for 25 runs, becoming the first Indian T20I bowler to pick up a 5-wicket haul and also held the record for the best bowling figures by a leg-break bowler in the history of T20I cricket. Chahal also became the highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket for the year 2017 with 23 wickets. Later on, Chahal took 6 wickets for 42 runs against Australia on 18 January 2019. This was one of the joint-best figures by an Indian bowler against Australia.

 In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Chahal was selected to be a part of the squad. Chahal ended up taking 12 wickets in the World Cup. He also became the third bowler to pick up fifty wickets in T20I cricket, in a match against Bangladesh in November 2019. Chahal also received the man of the match award for picking 3 wickets for just 25 runs in a T20I match against Australia on 4 December 2020. He also became the only concussion substitute to win the award in an international match. Chahal also played in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in the year 2021. Shockingly, Chahal was not selected in the Indian 2021 T20 World Cup squad and the selectors received heavy criticism for it.

Current performances

Chahal made a comeback to the Indian side in the ODI series against South Africa in January 2022. He performed poorly and was only able to take 2 wickets in 3 ODI matches. Then he played in the next West Indies series, where he picked 4 wickets for 49 runs in the first ODI match and received the player of the match award. He also played a couple of T20I matches on the West Indies tour and picked up only 2 wickets. In the later part of February 2022, he played against the Sri Lankans in a T20I series and took two wickets in two matches. He took another 6 wickets in the 4 T20I matches he played against South Africa.

 In the England T20I series, Chahal picked up an impressive four wickets in the two matches. He also performed fantastically in a couple of ODI matches against England, picking 3-wicket and 4-wicket hauls. His last played matches were in the ODI series against West Indies in July of this year. He performed moderately in the first two matches, picking only two wickets, but in the third match, he took another 4 wicket-haul. He was rested in the recent  West Indies T20I and Zimbabwe ODI series.

Yuzvendra Chahal is loved by his fans because of his funny personality and charming nature. Chahal seems to be a favourite to star in the upcoming 2022 T20I World Cup Indian squad. Although the bowler’s international career has been full of ups and downs, his brilliant performance in the recent IPL and the international circuit shows that he is in the best form of his life and is ready to make a considerable impact to help India win its second T20I World Cup Trophy.  

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