Not only was he the under-12 national chess champion but he has also represented India at the Asian Youth Championship in Kozhikode.

Architect of Indias T20 win over Eng Yuzvendra Chahal has also excelled in one other sportPTI
news Sport Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 18:05

India won the third T20 international against England on Wednesday in grand style by 75 runs and clinched the series, courtesy Yuzvendra Chahal’s brilliant bowling performance.

Chahal claimed six for 25 which is the third best T20 bowling figures ever in the history of international T20 cricket.

The 26-year-old cricketer first hit the limelight when he was signed on in the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the Mumbai Indians in 2011. Since then, he has been playing in the IPL and has gained considerable experience playing at the T20 level.

His stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore was very successful and he was their highest wicket-taker in 2015 and 2016 seasons. Following this, he made his international ODI and T20 debut against Zimbabwe in June 2016.

But while Chahal is an excellent young cricketer, not many of you will know that he is also a former junior national chess champion. And probably the only cricketer at that.

Not only was he the under-12 national chess champion but he has also represented India at the Asian Youth Championship in Kozhikode.

He even played at the World Youth Chess Championship in Greece. A fund crunch reportedly forced him to quit the sport.  

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