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IND vs NZ 2017: Yuzvendra Chahal Takes On Ish Sodhi Mid-Air In A Game Of Chess

Chahal took on Sodhi in chess

Ahead of the much-awaited series-decider in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday (November 4), Indian and New Zealand spin spearheads- Yuzvendra Chahal and Ish Sodhi renewed their rivalries albeit far away from the cricket field and in a different discipline.

Well, the spinners used the most of their time when the teams were heading to Thiruvananthapuram by playing a game of chess. The Indian leg-spinner was a national level chess player in his early days before giving it up to focus solely on cricket. Chahal had represented the country at the Asian and World youth championships but left the game due to lack of funds and sponsors.

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Chahal’s first love was chess

“To progress in chess, he needed about Rs. 50 lakh a year. But we could not find sponsors. So, he had to abandon the game. He does play it as a hobby these days,” his father had once revealed.

But despite giving up on the game, Chahal showed that he is still the man to beat on the 64 squares as he made light work of his New Zealand counterpart. The Indian spinner took to Twitter to post the final position of the board after he checkmated Sodhi’s King.

“Hard luck my brother ? @ish_sodhi #betterlucknexttime?,” he wrote.

In reply, Sodhi wrote a funny message, stating how his teammate Matt Henry would not let him forget the defeat.

“Haha god samn it brother! Now its public, @Matthenry014 won’t let me forget it haha! Teach me how! #leggies,” Sodhi tweeted.

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Chahal proved his supremacy in chess too (Credits: BCCI)

And to save himself from getting embarrassed, Sodhi took on Chahal once again only to lose again. This time around, the New Zealand star himself posted an image of Chahal taking him on in the game and admitted that the Indian leggie is too good.

“Rematch has already happend… fair to say, chess champion for a reason ?? @yuzi_chahal #toogood,” he wrote.

Chahal then tried to pull his leg by tweeting 2-0 with face with tears of joy emoji, to which Sodhi replied:“No worries, long flight ??”

Sodhi, however, later admitted that Chahal is far superior when it comes to chess.

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Chahal hammered Sodhi in chess (Credits: BCCI)

“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,” he told stuff.co.nz.

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