Earlier this week, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal became the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he registered his 184th dismissal during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Chahal had begun his IPL career with Mumbai Indians (MI) but enjoyed some of his best years at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), where he spent eight editions.
Chahal was one of the integral members of the RCB in the 2016 season when the side had reached the final of the season, eventually conceding a defeat to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The leg-spinner also made his way into the Indian team after consistent performances for the RCB and continues to remain an important part of the squad in limited-overs formats.
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In a freewheeling chat on Star Sports, Chahal has now revealed how AB de Villiers – his former RCB teammate – played a key role in his emergence as one of the lethal spinners for the franchise as well as the national team. The 32-year-old star spoke about a conversation he had with the former South Africa skipper during an IPL season that helped him focus on his career.
Revealing the same, Yuzvendra Chahal, as per the quotes in Hindustan Times said, “My journey changed from 2014 when I arrived at RCB, and people realized my potential. I realized my dream during my time at RCB. In the first 2-3 years, I wasn’t as close to AB sir, I had inhibitions talking to him because he is a legend. But one night, we sat and talked for many hours.”
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He further added, “He said one word, ‘balance’. I asked, what do you mean by balance? He said, everything should be in balance. Keep a balance in your personal and professional life. It shouldn’t be 60-40, always try to keep the right balance. That was one advice which helped me a lot. Whenever I meet him, I thank him for that advice.”
The leg-spinner was released by the RCB at the end of the 2021 season and was picked in the mega auction by RR for INR 6.50 crore; the RCB didn’t make a bid for Chahal.