New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the globe afflicting more than 8 million people in the world and killing more than 4.5 lakh. The lockdown imposed to curb the spread of this deadly pathogen has also led to the halting of activities from every quarter of life.

One of the category which has witnessed a pause on its operations is sports. In India, where cricket is worshiped as a religion, the coronavirus-induced lockdown has halted every other cricketing event scheduled for this year, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, this lockdown has given our cricketers an unprecedented holiday which they never thought would be given to them until their retirements. Amid this lockdown, Jagran New Media has started a new series in which we talk to the famous personalities from across the industries to know about how they are coping with the lockdown and what are their plans after this.

In today’s episode, we are joined by Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has represented India at the international platforms and is among the top choice for the selectors while selecting the Indian cricket team. Apart from cricket Yuzvendra Chahal had also represented India in Chess at international level. So lets have a look at Yuzvendra Chahal’s chit-chat with Jagran’s Sakshi Mandwal.

Here are some excerpts from his chit-chat with Sakshi Mandwal:

- How you spent your last three months under this coronavirus-induced lockdown?

Now its going well, but I felt some problems when this lockdown was started because after almost 15-16 years I have been at home for so long. In the starting when there were strict restrictions and you can not move out of your home, then I faced problems, but now its been a habit. I have ordered my gym equipment and started training, spend time with my family and pets. However, I again started feeling irritated with this because there is no cricket and even I am not able to practice as much as used to do earlier.

- Amid the lockdown, we have seen you very active on social media, also we’ve got to know that you are a big time PUBG player and also enjoys Ludo. Whats your thought on that?*

Ludo is a game we all must have played in our childhood, now the difference is that we can play it online with friends. So I play a game or two of Ludo during the, but PUBG is what I love the most and used to spend a lot of time playing it. Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni), Mohammad Shami, Manish Pandey we all used to play it even on tours. This game has a plus point that we can talk while playing this game. We have also done a charity stream, so it has become a part of day to day life.

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- All of our viewers want to know how cricket happened to you, despite your interest in Chess?

When I was 5-6 years old, my dad used to be the secretary of Haryana Cricket board so all senior cricketers used to come at my house to discuss the selection of the team. I used to sit with the. Slowly the interest developed and I started going to ground with them in the morning. I played my first senior cricket match when I was 10 years old, and in 2014 I played Under-14 tournament of BCCI. After that I played under-15 also. I became the highest wicket taker when I played Under-19. After that IPL happened and I spent three years in Mumbai Indians and seniors started recognising me and told me that I have potential to play for India. That’s where the journey started for me and then when I got my cap from Mahi bhai was the best moment of my life till now.  

Posted By: Talib Khan