Cricket is not the only sport Yuzvendra Chahal represented India in. The Haryana-born leg-spinner played chess for a long time when young but switched to cricket later on. Though he debut in First-Class cricket in 2009, it was IPL 2015 that brought him to fame. Before that, Chahal was a part of Mumbai Indians’ bench since 2011. Though he played and impressed during Champions League 2011, he was not frequently picked in the playing eleven after that. Getting into the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad breathed life into his mundane career, as he emerged as their leading wicket-taker in consecutive years – 2015 and 2016.
His IPL success was followed by national team call-up. Though not very skilled to turn the ball too significantly, Chahal is an intelligent bowler who can toy with the minds of the batsmen. After his decent journey in Zimbabwe, Chahal was picked in India’s squad against a touring England side. This tour proved to be his turning point. At his second home, Bangalore, Chahal registered figures of 6 for 25, becoming the first Indian to take a 5-for in T20Is. He later impressed in South Africa.