Yuzvendra Chahal – New Star on the Firmament or Flash in the Pan?

If you watched the T20 match between India and England yesterday, some of us switched off during the Suresh Raina over when the man was raked over the coals with some big sixes that promised to take the match away from the Indians. Oh ye of little faith! The next over from Amit Mishra put the clamps on the visitors’ scoring rate. And then came Yuzvendra Chahal. Here is all you wanted to know about him:

He took 6 wickets

He took 6 wickets, ripping through the England batting order while being parsimonious enough to give away just 25 runs.

He won the match for us

At one time the visitors were cruising but Chahal's superb run with the ball yesterday saw them collapse to a 75 run defeat; losing the three match series to India. England were bowled out in 16.3 overs.

The best figures for an Indian bowler in T20s

Chahal's 6/25 are the best bowling figures by an Indian in T20 matches. Chinnaswamy stadium at Bangalore is a small ground and usually a paradise for six hitters. It became a happy hunting ground for a bowler for a change yesterday. Chahal deservedly won the Man of the Match award yesterday.

Third best figures ever in T20

Chahal’s figures yesterday are the third best ever figures by any bowler in T20s. His performance in the second match – figures of 3 for 25 and his performance yesterday earned him the Man of the series award as well.

He debuted for Mumbai Indians

The 26 year old was signed up by Mumbai Indians in 2011 and his figures of 2 for 9 in three overs helped Mumbai lift the title against RCB that year.

He now plays for RCB

In the IPL, Chahal plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore; probably why the stadium there is his happy hunting ground.

He is also a chess whiz

He is the only player to represent India in both cricket and chess. His name listed on the official website of the World Chess Federation and he represented India in the under 16 chess team.

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