Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday recorded the joint best bowling figures in ODI’s in Australia. Facing off against Australia in the third ODI at MCG, the 28-year-old recorded figures of 6/42 in his 10 overs. The right-armer shares the record along with another Indian, Ajit Agarkar, who had the exact same figures at the same ground 15 years ago. The 28-year-old also became only the second Indian bowler to pick up a 6-wicket haul in ODIs in Australia, along with Agarkar.
Chahal’s 6/42 is also the 6th best bowling figure in ODIs by an Indian bowler. He also achieved the distinction of becoming the first spinner to take six wickets in an ODI Down Under.
The leg-spinner, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the team line-up, dismissed Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja in his first over. Two overs later, Chahal set up Marcus Stoinis for a catch at slip and got his third wicket in the match.
Later, after Peter Handscomb and Jhye Richardson took the hosts pasts 200, Chahal returned in the death overs to break the partnership and then dismissed Handscomb and Zampa to complete his 6-wicket haul. On the back of his performance, India bowled out Australia for 230.
The spinner became only the second cricketer after Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis to pick up a 6-wicket haul in both the ODI and T20I format. He is also only the 8th spinner to get a fifer in Australia. After the current head coach Ravi Shastri, Chahal is the only spinner to have bagged 4 or more wickets in Australia in an ODI. Shastri had done so in 1991 in Perth.
Chahal was not picked up in the first two ODIs with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav being preferred over him. But in the final ODI, the Indian team rested Kuldeep to go along with Jadeja and Kuldeep as the spinning option.
The series is currently levelled at 1-1 and India need to chase 231 to win the series 2-1.