After performing successfully as a pace bowler in domestic cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL), Deepak Chahar made his international debut in July 2018. Till the date, he has played only ODI and four T20Is where he has taken one and six wickets respectively. Recently, in a T20I against Windies at Providence, Chahar also won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant bowling performance.
In a recent interview with The Hindu, Deepak Chahar has wished to impress as a batsman too. He hasn’t got many opportunities as a batsman in international cricket yet. In first-class cricket, he has already hit two half-centuries and has scored 965 runs in 63 innings with an average of 18.20.
Deepak Chahar revealed that he earned the opportunity for now-defunct IPL side as a batting all-rounder. But the hamstring injury hugely affected his journey. Since then, he is serving as a pace bowler.
Chahar told The Hindu, “Stephen Fleming selected me for Rising Pune Supergiant as a batting allrounder because I scored two fifties in practice matches. He saw me as someone who can bat and swing the new ball for one or two overs. Mahi Bhai had told me I would play all the matches. But while batting in a practice match I injured my hamstring and missed most of that season (2016). Then next year Steve Smith became captain; so… I could have been where I am now two years ago if not for the injury.”
MS Dhoni said just improve your skills and you will be picked for Chennai – Deepak Chahar
After the final, advised him how he could be a player. As he developed his bowling skills, CSK management bought him in 2018 IPL Auction. Chahar has proven them right again and again with his improving bowling performances.
He added, “After the 2017 IPL final, I asked (M.S. Dhoni) as to what I need to do and he said just improve your skills and you will be picked for Chennai. I was able to do well for CSK and the fact that I could bowl well in Chennai conditions and on that wicket gave me confidence that I could do well anywhere.”
In this November, India will host the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh. This series will run from 3rd November to 10th November 2019. As he has more than one month before this T20I series, he wants to work hard on his batting and prove himself as a batsman too.
Chahar said, “There is one more month to go for me before the T20I series against Bangladesh. I have worked hard on my batting and have to prove myself as a batsman.”
The right-handed batsman Deepak Chahar has played 62 T20s where he has taken 72 wickets and scored 158 runs (average 8.77). In T20 career, his best score is 39.