IPL 2021: Yuzvendra Chahal registers 100th IPL match against Mumbai Indians

Chahal has picked 121 wickets in his IPL career so far including 21 in the previous season but is yet to win a title with RCB.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli in a file photo. (Image credits: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday played his 100th Indian Premier League (IPL) game in the season opener against Mumbai Indians (MI). Chahal has been one of the RCB’s key players for a number of seasons, with consistent bowling performances. The 30-year-old has accounted for 121 wickets in 100 matches, at an average of 22.84 and an economy rate of 7.69. The spinner has picked over 20 wickets in three editions of the IPL. Those were the 2015, 2016 and 2020 editions of the cash-rich league.

The leg-spinner was most recently seen in action during the recently concluded England tour of India which comprised of four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. Chahal only featured in the shortest format of the game. He accounted for three wickets in as many matches, conceding 119 runs. The same was registered at a bowling average of 39.67.

The leg spinner was first scouted by defending champions MI in 2011. However, he only represented the Mumbai-based franchise on one occasion. He featured against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), marking his sole appearance across three seasons.

Chahal, however, played every single game for Mumbai in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. He picked 2 wickets which conceding nine runs in the final against his current team RCB to help Mumbai emerge victorious. The 30-year-old was purchased by RCB in the 2014 auction for a sum of Rs 10 lakh, and has been a mainstay at the franchise ever since.

Chahal will be hoping to account for 20 wickets this season, enabling his team to win the cash-rich league for the first time. The team looks well-backed in all departments following the addition of Australians Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian, along with the addition of New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson.

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