Recently, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal revealed a horrific bullying experience from 2013 where he recalled how a drunk player took him outside and dangled him from the balcony. The Rajasthan Royals spinner in his conversation with current teammates Ravichandran Ashwin and Karun Nair.
In his conversation, Chahal laughed off a quite concerning bullying experience and mentioned how he was bullied by a fellow cricketer at a post-match party in Bengaluru. Chahal said that the near-death experience gave him an important lesson of being responsible wherever he goes.
“So this was one incident where I felt I made a narrow escape. Had there been slightest of mistakes, I would’ve fallen down,” the leg-spinner recalled. It should be noted that the incident was not reported by either Chahal or the team administration in 2013.
Chahal ended the story with a smile he’s known for. It should be noted that this is not the first time the easy-going Indian spinner faced traumatic experience. Earlier this year, Chahal recalled another incident where a drunk Andrew Symonds bullied him during the Champion’s League, 2011.
The Facts of the Matter
The second ever player in the world, and first ever Indian cricketer to take a 6-wicket haul in T20 international cricket.
Most number of T20 wickets by any bowler in 2017.
Representing India at the World Youth Chess Championship.
These are just some of the records held by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The 31-year-old cricketer is known for his easy-going demeanor and deceiving deliveries. However, behind the charming smile and the wickets, the cricketer has had a history of facing bullying from various teammates.
Chahal Recalls Horrific Bullying Experience
Recently, Chahal spoke with his current IPL teammate Ravichandran Ashwin and Karun Nair and recalled a horrific incident where he was hung from a balcony by a drunk IPL player.
Chahal in his conversation with Ashwin and Nair said – “I never told this story, from today, everyone will know. I never shared this. This dates back to 2013 when I was with Mumbai Indians, we had a match in Bangalore. There was a get-together after that. So, there was a player who was very drunk, I won’t say his name. He was very drunk, he was looking at me for a long time and he just called me and he took me outside and he hung me on the balcony.”
“Kind of Fainted, was Given Water”
He further added how his hands were around the drunk cricketer behind his neck. Chahal recalled that had he lost his grip, he would’ve fallen to his death as he was on the 15th floor. He added that soon other players came and handled the situation.
“I kind of fainted, they gave me water. Then I realized how responsible we need to be when we go anywhere. So, this was one incident where I felt I made a narrow escape. Had there been slightest of mistakes, I would’ve fallen down,” Chahal said.
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Chahal was Bullied by Andrew Symonds in 2011 Also
It should be noted that this is not the first and last traumatic experience Chahal went through as a professional sportsperson. Back in 2011 when he was playing for Mumbai Indians, fellow MI player Andrew Symonds had gotten drunk after MI won the Champions League.
In a drunken haze, Symonds allegedly tied Chahal’s hands and fellow MI player James Franklin had tied his legs. Although their task was to open the ties, the players forgot that they had put a tape on Chahal’s mouth. Chahal reportedly spent the entire night tied and it was a cleaner who got him out of it the next morning.