Yuzvendra Chahal was the only bowler that managed to salvage some pride among the Indian bowling unit that went for plenty in the curtain-raiser of the three-match T20I series between India and West Indies on Friday.
Chahal, who was selected at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav lived up to the expectations by changing the game on its head. The 29-year-old struck twice in one over and removed set batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Windies skipper Kieron Pollard.
In the process, Chahal reached new heights in his career by becoming the joint-highest wicket-taker for India in the shortest format. The spin sensation overtook Jasprit Bumrah’s tally and got himself on level pegging with veteran offie Ravichandran Ashwin. The right-arm leg spinner bagged an important brace of wickets and finished with two for 36 in his four overs. His match-changing spell means he is now just a single scalp away to become the highest wicket-taker in the format for India.