India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal completed his 28th birthday on Monday (July 23). Having made his international debut back in June 2016, Chahal has come a long way. He has claimed 45 wickets at an average of 23.86 in 26 ODIs thus far, while his T20I wicket-tally read 42 in 26 games with two four-wicket hauls and one 5-fer.
Chahal had a memorable tour of South Africa earlier this year, taking 16 wickets in 6 ODIs as the Men in Blue clinched the one-day international series with a stunning margin of 5-1. He followed it up with eight wickets in the Nidahas T20 tri-series that India won by beating Bangladesh in a thrilling final.
As Yuzvendra Chahal entered in the 29th season of his life, wishes poured in for him from the cricketing fraternity. However, one particular wish that drawn everyone’s attention was that of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Tendulkar wrote: “Wish you a very happy birthday, @yuzi_chahal. Keep up the fantastic work. May you achieve all that you desire.”
Chahal played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2018. Although RCB had a disappointing end to their campaign, Chahal performed decently and ended the season with 12 wickets from 14 matches at an average and economy rate of 30.25 and 7.26 respectively.
The wrist spinner recently toured UK with the Indian cricket team. He picked up merely two wickets in three ODIs against England and a solitary wicket in 3 T20Is against the same opponent. However, Chahal bagged 6 wickets in 2 T20Is against Ireland.