Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian leg-spinner, used to play professional Chess before shifting his focus towards a Cricket career. Chahal says Chess has taught him how to be patient.
He is currently a regular face in Team India and played 52 ODIs and 43 T20I in which he has taken 146 wickets throughout all the formats for Team India after making his international debut back in 2016. He also has the honor to represent the country in World Youth Chess and also won the Under-12 national championships.
The 29-year-old spinner opened about things that he learned from the Chess that helped him in cricket.
In a recent interview, Yuzvendra Chahal stated that Chess had taught him to be patient. And, it has indirectly helped in cricket. He also spoke the truth that there was a time when he had no option but to pick cricket as he was more interested in playing cricket.
“Chess taught me patience. In cricket, you may be bowling well, but you may not get wickets like in a Test match, you may have bowled well all day but not got wickets, but you have to come back the next day, so you need to be patient. I had to choose between Chess and cricket. I spoke to my dad, who said the choice is yours. I had more interest in cricket and opted for it,” Chahal stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.