Teams Played For
Mumbai Indians, Haryana, Royal Challengers Bangalore, North Zone, India A, India AT20, India, Rajasthan Royals
A leg-spinner who does not turn the ball a lot and relies more on a persistent line and length to tie the batsmen down, Yuzvendra Chahal has represented India in both ODIs and T20 Internationals. A spinner from Haryana, Chahal first attracted attention when he took 34 wickets in the national U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2009, finishing the tournament as its leading wicket-taker.
The former Chess player was the second player in T20I history to have taken a 6 wicket haul. With his knack of picking wickets at regular intervals, Chahal made his debut for India that toured Zimbabwe in 2016 and was later given an opportunity against England in the T20Is, which he grabbed to the fullest. In the third T20 against England on February 1st, 2017, he became the first Indian bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in T20 internationals.
He became a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in 2011. The following two seasons saw Chahal grow as a player - picking up 44 wickets and becoming one of RCB's vital cogs. Chahal was the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2016 IPL season, representing Royal Challengers Bangalore. He finished with a handsome haul of 21 wickets as RCB reached the final of the competition which earned him his maiden callup to the national side.
A slight dip in form saw Chahal and his spin duo, Kuldeep lose their place in the national side in 2019. Although Chahal was included in the recently concluded limited-overs series against England in March, he hasn’t been in his full potential which might be a sign of worry for the Indian side going into the forthcoming T20 World Cup. However, he is an intelligent spinner who bowls well within himself and is tough to hit out of the attack. If his IPL exploits are any indication, the Jind-born leggie could be a useful T20 bowler for India for the next few years.
(As of June 2021)