Indian pace bowler Deepak Chahar has opened up on a conversation he had with Team India head coach Rahul Dravid during their tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. Dravid was the temporary coach of the team when the team sent a second-string squad to Sri Lanka for a white-ball series.
Chahar had a fabulous series where he contributed with both bat and ball. He had a great all-round performance in the second ODI when he picked two wickets before crunching a brilliant 69* to guide India home during the chase. During the series, the 28-year-old was asked about his ‘actual’ age by the coach, Dravid.
“When we reached Sri Lanka, Rahul (Dravid) sir first asked me about my age. I told him I am 28 and will turn 29 soon. So, he was like – ‘is it your original age or cricketer’s age?’. Then I told him that mine is original because my father was in the Air Force, so there was no way I could forge my age!” Chahar revealed to Aakash Chopra.
“He has always considered me as a Test bowler” – Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar rose to prominence during his stint with CSK in the IPL. Under MS Dhoni, the pacer has grown significantly. He holds the record for best T20I figures, having claimed 6/7 against Bangladesh. To add to that, Rahul Dravid believes Deepak Chahar can take it one step further in the longest format.
“On a serious note, he (Dravid) also told me that I have 4-5 years of Test cricket left in me. Those words have stayed with me. He has always considered me as a Test bowler and has selected me for red-ball matches for India A. Whenever I have played under him, I have always performed well with both bat and ball. He knows my capability very well,” Chahar added.
India is short on bowling all-rounders for Tests. If Chahar continues to develop his skills, he may receive a call-up to the national side. For now, he will be seen in action for CSK in the second leg of the IPL 2021.