Yuzvendra Chahal spins his way into record books

Yuzvendra Chahal's 6-42 matched Ajit Agarkar's 2004 figures at the MCG which is the best bowling performance by an Indian in Australia.

Yuzvendra Chahal's 6-42 wrecked Australia's batting on a flat pitch at the MCG.   -  AFP

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal equalled Ajit Agarkar's record for best ODI figures for an Indian bowler in Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. He took 6-42 to bowl Australia out for 230. Agarkar's 6-42 came at the same venue in 2004.

Playing his first game of the series after replacing Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal triggered Australia's middle-order collapse. The host was never able to recover once Dhoni stumped Shaun Marsh in the 24th over.

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Prior to Chahal, no other spinner had ever managed to grab six wickets in an ODI in Australia.

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Chahal's 6-42 is the seventh best bowling performance by an Indian in ODIs. Stuart Binny's 6-4 ( Conceded just four runs and took a six-wicket haul) against Bangladesh in 2014 is in the top place.

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The six-wicket haul ranks eighth among the best ODI figures of all-time for a leg-spinner. Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan and South Africa's Imran Tahir all have seven-wicket hauls.

 

 

Best figures in Australia in ODIs:
6/42 A Agarkar v Aus, MCG, 2004
6/42 Y Chahal v Aus, MCG, 2019*
6/43 M Starc v Ind, MCG, 2015
6/45 C Woakes v Aus, Brisbane, 2011

Best figures for spinners vs Australia in Australia:

5/15 Ravi Shastri, WACA, 1991
5/29 Saqlain Mushtaq, Adelaide, 1996
5/40 Yuzvendra Chahal, MCG, 2019 *
5/53 Abdul Qadir, MCG, 1984

Best figures for India in ODIs:
6/4 Stuart Binny v Ban, 2014
6/12 Anil Kumble v WI, 1993
6/23 Ashish Nehra v Eng, 2003
6/25 Kuldeep Yadav v Eng, 2018
6/27 Murli Kartik v Aus, 2007
6/42 Ajit Agarkar v Aus, 2004
6/42 Yuzvendra Chahal v Aus, 2019*