Yuzvendra Chahal in his teenage represented India at Asian and world events in Chess © AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal represented India at Asian and world youth championship in Chess © AFP

Royal Challengers Banaglore (RCB) sensation Yuzvendra Chahal has revealed that past experience in chess helps him think ahead of the batsmen. Chahal, who has been in terrific form in IPL 2016 for RCB, has been rewarded for his performances with a place in Indian side for the tour to Zimbabwe. Interestingly, the leg spinner had love for chess in his teenage as he represented India in Asian and world youth championships. Despite having a promising future ahead, he had to quit the game, with lack of funds and sponsorship’s the primary reason. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru

Speaking about how chess helps him in cricket, Chahal told Times of India, “Chess helps me plot the opposition batsman’s dismissal. I try to be one step ahead of the batsman, especially in T20 cricket where the bowler has to think on his feet. Then when the batsman is going hard, I try to remain calm. My chess training helps me in staying focused on the job in hand.”

His father, KK Chahal also told TOI how lack of funds put and end to the game. “To progress in chess, he needed about Rs 50 lakh a year. But we could not find sponsors.So, he had to abandon the game.He does play it as a hobby these days.”

Chahal has been outstanding for RCB in IPL 2016. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, having scalped 19 wickets from 11 games. He had figures of 3 for 32 in win against Delhi Daredevils in their final group fixture, which resulted them in reaching playoffs in 2nd place. The leg-spinner was also very successful in last IPL, in which he took 23 wickets to finish as the runner-up in Purple Cap standings.