Team India’s T20I specialist Deepak Chahar has gone from strength to strength ever since making his international debut. He has been a part of the last two series against West Indies and South Africa and is making the right noises to cement his place in the playing XI.
Meanwhile, it was during the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League when Deepak Chahar grabbed the limelight playing for Chennai Super Kings. He was spectacular with the new ball swinging it both ways and giving a hard time to the batters. However, Chahar sustained an untimely injury ahead of 2016 IPL while he was playing for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) which delayed his career.
In an interview with The Hindu, the right-arm pacer revealed that Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni identified him as a batting all-rounder for RPS during 2016. But an injury ruled him out and in the next season, he got only a few games with Steve Smith taking over the reins from Dhoni.
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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,” Chahar said. “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,” he added.
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However, it was after MS Dhoni’s assurance that he would be picked for Chennai Super Kings in 2018, things changed for Deepak Chahar. The all-rounder was an overnight star for Chennai giving early breakthroughs which also opened the doors for the Indian team.
“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,” Chahar added.
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Deepak Chahar is now eyeing the upcoming Bangladesh series and is preparing for it as he looks to cement his spot. Chahar also added that he is working on his batting and is keen to prove his abilities as a batsman.
“There is one more month to go for me before the T20I series against Bangladesh (beginning on Nov. 3). I have worked hard on my batting and have to prove myself as a batsman,” he concluded.