New Delhi. Right-arm leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has made a big achievement in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the current season, ‘Yuji’, playing for Rajasthan Royals, took four wickets for 29 runs in the match against SRH on 7 May and took his number of wickets to 183 in the tournament. Along with this, the most in IPL In terms of taking wickets, he has reached equal to the record of Dwayne Bravo. Both Chahal and Bravo have 183-183 wickets in their name and they will leave this record behind in the matches ahead of RR.
Chahal is the most successful bowler of RR in IPL-2023, he has so far taken 17 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 19.41. Yuzvendra Chahal is also called as ‘Yuji’. In a TV show, Chahal explained the reason behind this name. On the question whether foreign players are able to take his name Yuzvendra easily, Chahal told in Kapil Sharma’s show, ‘Foreign players find it difficult to pronounce my name. Sometimes they mix it up. The short form of my name in cricket is Yuji. Many times in childhood someone used to say anything Dharmendra-Jitendra, in such a situation it was considered better that it is better to shorten the name.
‘It was very emotional on being selected in Team India’
Describing his experience at the time of being selected in the Indian team, Chahal said, ‘At that time there was an IPL qualifier match in Raipur, we had qualified. Late night arrived, there was a morning bus. People with me told that if the India team is announced today, you have a chance. When I reached the room, someone tweeted. A paper came on the BCCI’s verified account, in which my name was at number 16. I saw it six or seven times whether it was for sure or whether it was a fake. On being confirmed, when he spoke to his parents, he became emotional.
Dhoni used to say behind the wicket – Tilli ye daal, woh daal
Please tell, Yuzvendra is working in the Income Tax Department. When asked jokingly whether senior players like Virat, Dhoni also call him ‘Sir’ because of earning a lot from cricket, Chahal said, ‘Mahi bhai toh mujhe Tilli kah bulaate hain’. Kapil Sharma asked that you are thin, so Chahal nodded in agreement. He told, ‘While keeping my bowling two-three times, he used to say ‘Tilli yeh dal…Tilli woh dal’. ‘
Father had made a pitch in the field
To fulfill Chahal’s passion for cricket, his father got a pitch made on the farm. Yuji told about this, ‘My ground was 7-8 km away from home. In such a situation, commuting by cycle and then going to the field in the evening.. Cycling used to be about 30-35 km, in such a situation, Dad said that there was a place, let’s make it here. That place was just a little far from home. A proper turf and cemented pitch was made there. I did the same practice seven-eight months before shifting to Delhi.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 10, 2023, 18:07 IST