For a man who was busy honing his skills as a chess player before representing India at junior levels, Yuzvendra Chahal has undoubtedly come a long way to become one of the country's preferred spinners in limited-overs cricket. Making his debut in 2016, the leggie has managed to rise through the ranks in Indian cricket and forged a vital partnership with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his side.
Continuing his fine form, the 23-year-old played a pivotal role in India's historic 4-1 win the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in New Zealand. In the five games he played, Chahal bagged nine wickets - emerging as the joint leading wicket-taker alongside Mohammed Shami in the recently-concluded series.
During India's massive batting collapse in the 4th ODI, Chahal also emerged as the top-scorer for his side, scoring 18 vital runs for India. Then, in the fifth and final ODI, Chahal's attacking leg-spin bowling saw him bagging three wickets - once again, the most by an Indian bowler during the match in Wellington.
But, apart from bamboozling the opposition batsmen and providing vital breakthroughs to his side, Chahal has also thrived in another role where he has been seen interviewing fellow cricketers on his very own 'Chahal TV' - a show that has now become a one-stop shop for fans to watch their favourite cricketers talk about the game.
The popularity of 'Chahal TV' could have touched new heights after India's 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI. But, it wasn't meant to be - thanks to a shy and reluctant MS Dhoni.February 3, 2019
Following their win, Chahal was eager to get Dhoni on his chat show for a candid conversation. But, the former Indian captain was in no mood to give the interview and ran away from the leg-spinner who was seen chasing MSD across the ground. Well, who won between Dhoni & Chahal in the race is a no brainer. But, the video of the hilarious incident has taken social media by storm.
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In the end, it was India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma who eventually made an appearance on 'Chahal TV' where he expressed his opinion on giving the young leggie a batting promotion. Following their emphatic win in ODIs, the Indian cricket team will now lock horns with New Zealand in the three-match T20I series, slated to begin from 6th February in Wellington.