Yuzvendra Chahal of the Rajasthan Royals has had a fantastic run in the Indian Premier League so far, atop the list of top wicket takers. On Saturday, Chahal won another three-wicket hit of the season, finishing with a bowling figure of 3/28 from 4 overs against the Punjab Kings. Before entering the game, Chahal had a record 19 wickets but with a three-iron he has now eclipsed legendary spinner Shane Warne and Shreyas Gopal to become Rajasthan Royals’ highest wicket taker among spinners in a season.
Shane Warne topped the list of top spin bowling wicket takers for Rajasthan in a season thanks to his tally of 19 wickets, which he recorded in the inaugural edition of the IPL. However, Warne’s record was broken by Shreyas Gopal in the 2019 edition of the cash-rich league when the latter picked 20 wickets in 14 matches. Yuzvendra Chahal has now passed Warne and Gopal to become the Royals’ leading single-season spinner. Chahal currently has 22 wickets in 11 matches, including a hat-trick, which he picked against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18.
Chahal is currently tied with former Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir in the list of highest wicket takers for Rajasthan in a season (overall). Tanvir had chosen 22 wickets in 11 matches in the 2008 edition of the IPL. Chahal is expected to surpass Tanvir in the next game. Meanwhile, James Faulkner holds the record for most wickets for Rajasthan in a season. He picked 28 wickets for the franchise in 2013. It will be interesting to see if Chahal can surpass Faulkner to become the most wicked bowler for RR in a season.
RR vs. PBKS
As for the late night game, Rajasthan beat Punjab by 6 wickets to further cement their place in the points table. Running in second, Rajasthan went on a whopping 189 runs in 19.4 overs. Yashasvi Jaiswal has shattered an incredible half century to help his team pursue the target. Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal and Sanju Samson all contributed a few runs with their bats. Jaiswal was named player of the match for his outstanding stroke with the bat.