When not smashing huge sixes, bowling out vital opposition or performing acrobatic fielding on the pitch, the stars of the Indian cricket team know the way to keep their fans entertained with the use of social media. Over the years, the number of social media users in the country have grown abruptly, and with so the audience the cricketers of the country have to amuse when staying off the pitch, along with the captain Virat Kohli recently becoming the first Indian user to hit 50 million followers on Instagram. From trolling fellow team members, recording workout session to uploading creative re-enactment of dances or movie scenes, the players come up with some of the most hilarious and amazing ideas. One questions you may think- which Team India icon has the most ‘lit’ content on social media? Well the answer is- Yuzvendra Chahal.
Yes, Yuzvendra Chahal. India’s superstar limited overs bowler is very active all across his social media accounts, and posts some of the most fascinating and hysterical content for his huge follower count. The player has 1.3 million followers on Twitter, 2.6 million on Instagram and over 96 thousand followers on FaceBook, where he is comparatively less active.
Often making headlines for his out of the box posts on Twitter or Instagram, the spinner creates very exciting themes for his posts, which becomes viral among his fan base all the time.
Chahal has an account on the video sharing app Tik Tok, where he often makes videos along with his fellow team members and shares them on Twitter.
Recently, Chahal recreated a famous scene from the Bollywood comedy movie ‘Dhol’, along with superstar opener Rohit Sharma and young bowler Khaleel Ahmed.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 25, 2020
“Off field performance on point” – was another post Chahal tweeted that took the social media by storm. The cricketer was seen dancing with squad mates Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, and the fourth person whp hid his face, but fans went on arguing him to be either Rohit Sharma or Rishabh Pant.
Off field performance on point 🕺 pic.twitter.com/2LRswnVWNs
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 1, 2020
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) April 3, 2018
Chahal is also famous for being a fitness freak, often posting his shirtless photos on his Instagram account, flaunting his six pack abs. Recently, a group photo of the shirtless Indian team, including Shikhar Dhawan, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer along with Chahal, grabbed the netizens’ attention.
Chahal is often seen doing funny stuff in the gym. Recently the player uploaded a video where he was hilariously mimicking iconic MMA fighter Connor McGregor.
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) January 4, 2020
However, Chahal also regularly shares of his devotion to fitness and workout.
Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn't come before..!! 💪🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/aDymzctgNC
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) September 1, 2018
His social media is also full with selfies with his teammates, and Chahal even coined the term ‘Kul-Cha’ whenever he posts a picture together with Kuldeep Yadav
Kul and Cha are feeling good after wrapping up the series and making history. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's day 🤫🤓 #kulcha #bromance #indvssa #30andcounting #spintwins pic.twitter.com/zbmPiAHW04
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 14, 2018
Happy birthday 🥳 Big Brother God bless you 🤗 pic.twitter.com/oylJfZ45S4
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) November 27, 2019
Jab we met 🕺 pic.twitter.com/pLS9fi1xya
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) September 13, 2019
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 25, 2019
Happy birthday brother 🎂🤗 pic.twitter.com/JxOSjytbH8
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) December 6, 2019
Chahal is also an avid lover of animals. He often advocates for animal rights and wildlife conservation, as his supporters are always amazed at his humane nature towards the wordless.
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Spent an amazing day at @wildlifesos rescue centres learning about and interacting with their rescued animals as well as the team. Proud to support their incredible work and encourage you to do the same! #elephantconservationandcarecenter #agrabearrescuefacility #rescuedanimals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Stray dog beaten ruthlessly in a society in Worli, Mumbai for sheltering himself from rain – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/CMDjJuKbzK via @ChangeOrg_India
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 29, 2019
Respect them 🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/JZ5CRKtil2
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) September 11, 2019
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) May 15, 2018
The cricketer has several dogs as pets, and he isn’t shy on how much he loves and cares for them.
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I always knew i wanted to bring a dog home when my family and i were ready to have one, at the right time. We weren't sure when this 'right time' would be – but what we were sure about is that we would choose to adopt our dog and not buy one. I got aware of the horrors of breeding & how so many dogs go through such confinement and abuse to produce puppy after puppy & i couldn't allow myself to support the breeding business. When we were ready to bring a dog home, a friend told me about Groot, who was left outside the CUPA trauma center hebbal, Bangalore shelter, abandoned on the streets to fend for himself. Groot is just one of the MANY dogs abandoned everyday on the streets. CUPA took Groot in & posted his adoption appeal. When i saw Groot's photo; i knew he was the dog im taking home. Today, Groot lives in the comfort of my home & he has opened my eyes up to how wonderful rescue dogs are, they have so many stories to tell, so much love in their eyes – and no matter how badly they were treated by a human before; they learn to love, to trust again. When you adopt a dog, please over look their breed, age, gender & look at them for themselves – the loving beings that there are. shelters are full of animals looking for a loving home & you can be the change in their lives. always choose to #adoptdontshop Special shoutout to CUPA trauma center Bangalore and the team for allowing me to now wake up to a wet nose and lots of kisses! Can't wait to grow everyday with Groot. 🤗😘❤️ @cupa_india @jehosh_g @arshleenkaur
Long drive with my Groot baby ❤️😘🤗 pic.twitter.com/j7hxtv22Fy
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) December 1, 2019
The Royal Challengers Bangalore star also recently got a puppy named ‘Scotty’ which he shared on Twitter.
New family member scotty ❤️😘🤗 pic.twitter.com/xyFZGwtN2O
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 20, 2020
Before cricket, Chahal was a professional Chess player, and represented India at the World Youth Chess Championship. Although giving up on chess due to lack of sponsors, he still continues to enjoy a board of chess anywhere, even in a flight.
The under-12 National Chess Champion also advocates to learn the game, and also released a motivation video on Instagram on how Chess is still helping him even in his cricketing career.
Since his international debut in 2016, Chahal has earned 40 ODI and 37 T20 caps for the Men in Blue. The leg break bowler picked up three wickets in the T20 series and six wickets in the ODI series against New Zealand last month.