Yuzvendra Chahal makes history with 350 T20 wickets, first Indian bowler to achieve milestone by dismissing Rishabh Pant in DC vs RR

Yuzvendra Chahal, who has recently been selected for the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June, achieved a remarkable milestone on Tuesday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium by dismissing Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant during their IPL 2024 match. The Rajasthan Royals bowler made history by becoming the first Indian bowler to reach 350 wickets in the shortest format.

Rajasthan Royals' Yuzvendra Chahal delivers a ball during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match(AFP)
Rajasthan Royals’ Yuzvendra Chahal delivers a ball during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match(AFP)

Before the Capitals match, Chahal only needed one wicket to reach this milestone and he accomplished it after dismissing Pant, who struggled with an ill-advised shot against a fuller delivery. This marked the third time the leggie has gotten Pant out in his IPL career.

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With this achievement, Chahal became the first Indian bowler to achieve 350 wickets in T20 cricket. He reached this milestone in his 301st T20 appearance. The next highest Indian bowler on the list is veteran Piyush Chawla with 310 wickets. Overall, he ranks 11th on the all-time list, which is topped by former West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo with 625 wickets in 574 matches. Chahal is the fifth spinner and sixth Asian bowler to reach this milestone.

Breaking down his 350 wickets, 96 were obtained while playing for Team India, the most by any bowler for the national team. He has picked up another 201 wickets in his IPL career, the most by any cricketer.

Chahal is also the leading spin bowler from India in the current IPL 2024 tournament with 14 wickets in 12 matches. His outstanding performance this season earned him a spot in the Indian T20 World Cup squad, as selectors prioritize spin bowlers in their 15-member team based on the anticipated conditions in the USA and the West Indies.

Regarding the match, Delhi set a target of 222, propelled by a quick 19-ball fifty from Jake Fraser-McGurk, a 65-run knock from Abishek Porel, and a fiery cameo from Tristan Stubbs (41 off 20 balls). Ravichandran Ashwin was the standout bowler for Rajasthan with figures of 3 for 24.

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