Personal Details and Early Life
Yuzvendra Singh Chahal is an Indian national cricketer and a former youth chess player. He has represented India in both the limited over formats in cricket and has also represented India internationally in chess at youth levels. Chahal is a leg–break bowler, who represents Haryana and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the domestic level. He is affectionately known as ‘Yuzi’ among his fans and teammates.
Chahal was born on 23 July 1990 to KK Chahal (Advocate) and Sunita Devi in Jind, Haryana. He was born and brought in a Hindu family with two elder sisters who now live in Australia. Chahal finished his schooling at DAV Public School, Jind. At the early age of seven, Chahal developed a keen interest in both cricket and chess.
Chahal performed extremely well in his age-group tournaments and also became the Indian national junior champion (U12). He represented India at the World Youth Chess Championship in 2003 in Greece. He wanted to pursue chess as a career option but had to call it quits because he could not find a sponsor.
Chahal made his first-class debut at the age of 19 against Madhya Pradesh in Indore. He was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2011. Though he appeared only once on the field in his three years at Mumbai Indians, his claim to fame came in the Champions League T20, where he played all matches and picked up 2 wickets for nine runs in three overs in the final. In 2014, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
In 2016, Chahal made his One Day International (ODI) debut on 11 June against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. In the second match, Chahal took three wickets giving away just 26 runs to lead his side to victory by 8 wickets and earning his first Man Of the Match award. In 52 ODI matches, he has picked up 91 wickets with a career–best of 6/42 against Australia on 18 January 2019.
Chahal made his T20 International debut in the same series in which he made his ODI debut. On 18 June 2016, he played his first T20I for India against Zimbabwe at Harare. In 42 T20I matches, he has picked up 55 wickets with a career–best of 6/25 against England on 1 February 2017.
Chahal is an integral part of the RCB squad in the IPL. In his 99 IPL career matches, he has picked up 121 wickets, including two four-wicket hauls.
●He is the first–ever sportsman to represent India in both chess and cricket
●He was the first Indian to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is (6/25 against England)
●His 6/42 against Australia are the joint–best figures for an Indian bowler vs the Aussies
On 8 August 2020, Chahal got engaged to YouTuber and choreographer Dhanshree Verma.