New Delhi: Celebrations are in full swing as one of India’s finest white-ball spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal, turns 33 on Sunday. Since his international debut in 2016, Chahal has been an integral part of Team India’s success in white-ball cricket, leaving an indelible mark with his exceptional performances.
With an impressive career in ODI cricket, Yuzvendra Chahal has represented India in 72 matches, scalping an impressive 121 wickets at an average of 27.13. Among India’s top ODI wicket-takers, Chahal stands at number 18, with Anil Kumble holding the top spot with 334 scalps.
Chahal’s prowess with the ball has seen him achieve remarkable milestones in ODI cricket. He boasts five four-wicket hauls and two five-wicket hauls, with his best figures of 6/42 showcasing his ability to dismantle batting lineups with ease.
The leg-spinner’s stellar performances were also instrumental in India’s journey during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, where the team reached the semifinals. His spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav, known as ‘KulCha,’ proved to be a game-changer for the Men in Blue.
In T20I cricket, Yuzvendra Chahal’s dominance continues, having taken 91 wickets in 75 matches at an average of 24.68. The highlight of his T20I career came in 2017, when he became the first Indian bowler to claim a six-wicket haul in the format, setting a new standard for excellence.
Despite his remarkable achievements, Chahal has not played in a T20 World Cup. As India gears up for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Chahal’s consistent performances will be crucial for the team’s success in the mega event.
Adding to his illustrious record, Yuzvendra Chahal is also the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 145 IPL matches, he has taken an impressive 187 wickets at an average of 21.68 and an economy rate of 7.66. Chahal’s exceptional contributions to the IPL have earned him accolades, and he remains a prized asset for any team he represents.
Starting his IPL journey with the Mumbai Indians in 2011, Yuzvendra Chahal achieved the ultimate glory by winning the 2013 IPL title with the team. He later represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from 2014 to 2021 and is currently donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey from 2022 onwards.
Beyond his international and IPL careers, Yuzvendra Chahal’s overall T20 record stands strong with 320 wickets in 278 matches at an average of 23.64. His exceptional performances have positioned him as India’s most successful bowler in T20 cricket.