Following his snub from Team India's ICC ODI World Cup 2023 squad, star Indian pacer Yuzvendra Chahal joined the Kent County Cricket Club for the remaining County Championship matches. In his debut against Nottinghamshire, Chahal marked his arrival in style as he dismissed Lyndon James with an unplayable delivery.
Many fans and experts expressed their disappointment with Chahal's snub from the World Cup squad, however, the 33-year-old continued working hard to reclaim his spot in the national side and joined Kent for his maiden County Championship stint.
Chahal made his county debut on Sunday, September 10, and instantly marked his arrival in style at Canterbury. The Indian leg-spinner dismissed No.7 Lyndon James of Nottinghamshire with a peach of a delivery. In the 50th over, Chahal bowled an unplayable delivery, which James thought to defend, however, the 24-year-old all-rounder seemingly failed to read the delivery and lost his off-stump.
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Talking about the game, Kent scored 446 runs in the first inning as opener Zak Crawley scored 158 runs off 153 balls while four Nottinghamshire players picked two wickets each. In the NCCC's inning, both their openers were dismissed in the first seven overs, however, skipper Steven Mullaney (86) and Joe Clarke (62) combined for a 139-run partnership for the third wicket.
Chahal took less than 10 overs to mark his arrival as he picked his maiden wicket in England's premier domestic tournament with a dream leg-break delivery. The Indian star went on to pick two more wickets to help his side lead by 227 runs at the stumps on day 2. Apart from Chahal, 28-year-old spinner Aron Nijjar also picked up three wickets against Nottinghamshire.