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Yuzvendra Chahal turns 33: A look at career, achievements of this Indian spinner

Yuzvendra Chahal Birthday: Yuzvendra Chahal, one of the finest spinners in white-ball cricket in recent years, turned 33 on Sunday. Ever since his international debut in 2016, Yuzvendra Chahal has been a key member of Team India and has played a big role in its success in white-ball cricket.

Yuzvendra Chahal has represented India in 72 ODI matches. He has taken 121 wickets in 50-over cricket. These wickets have come at an average of 27.13. His best bowling figures in the ODI format are 6/42. He has five four-wicket hauls and two five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

Yuzvendra Chahal is at number 18 among Team India’s top ODI wicket-takers, with Anil Kumble at the top with 334 scalps.

He was a part of Team India at the 2019 ICC World Cup, where India reached the semifinals. He took 12 wickets in eight matches and his spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav, known as ‘KulCha’ worked extremely well for the Men in Blue.

The spinner has also played 75 T20Is for Team India. In these, he has taken 91 wickets, which have come at an average of 24.68. His economy rate in T20Is is 8.13. His best bowling figures are 6/25. He has two four-wicket hauls and a five-wicket haul in T20Is.

While playing against England in 2017, Yuzvendra Chahal became the first-ever Indian to get a six-wicket haul in T20Is.

Yuzvendra Chahal is India’s leading wicket-taker in the T20I format. Despite this success, he has not featured in a T20 World Cup.

Overall in 147 T20 International (T20I) matches, Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 212 wickets for India, with the best figures of 6/25. He has seven four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls in international cricket.

Yuzvendra Chahal is also the leading wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 145 IPL matches, he has taken 187 wickets at an average of 21.68 and an economy rate of 7.66. His best bowling figures are 5/40. He has six four-wicket hauls and a five-wicket haul in his IPL career.

He won the 2013 IPL with Mumbai Indians, representing the team from 2011-13. He later played for RCB from 2014-21 and then for Rajasthan Royals from 2022 onwards.

Overall in 278 T20 matches, he has taken 320 wickets at an average of 23.64, with best figures of 6/25. He is India’s most successful bowler in T20 cricket.

For India to win the 2023 ICC World Cup, it would be important for Chahal to click for Team India.