Yuzvendra Chahal, Ish Sodhi take India-New Zealand battle to chess

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017 | 0


New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi has had a terrific T20 series against India so far. The leg-spinner has finished the first two matches with impressive bowling figures of 4-0-25-2 and 4-0-25-1, respectively.

However, he couldn’t really replicate that success when the battle was taken to chess board. Sodhi took on Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on the 64-square board.

The duo found a way to pass their time onboard for Thiruvananthapuram, where the two teams – currently locked at 1-1 – are scheduled to play the third and final T20 on Tuesday.

Interestingly, Chahal represented India in the under-16 level but quit the sport due to financial reason. That being said, no wonder he ‘hammered’ Sodhi on the board.

“We found out Chahal was an Indian chess champion when he was younger so I talked to him about it and kind of challenged him. It hasn’t really worked out in my favour so far,” Sodhi was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“We played two games and it’s fair to say he hammered me. I didn’t expect him to be as cunning as what he was. I was always on the defensive. It was pretty funny for everyone.”


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