India’s fast bowler Deepak Chahar showed his mettle with the bat during the India- Sri Lanka ODI series recently which was played in the island nation in the month of July. Furthermore, he revealed the message his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain gave him after his match-winning knock of 69*.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team had toured Sri Lanka for a series of three T20Is and three ODIs. India managed to win the ODI series 2-1, but lost the T20I series 1-2. Chahar was the hero of the second ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka, but not with the ball, albeit with the bat, as he scored an amazing 69* and with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, helped India win a close encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
In a conversation with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, the Rajasthan T20 captain talked about his match-winning knock and recalled going into the middle with the mindset of playing as many overs as possible and taking the game deeper.
“Finally I got an opportunity to bat in one match (smiles) and made good use of it. When I padded up, I saw wickets falling and then when I was next. I was not thinking about winning the match, I was just thinking about playing all the overs so that we can take the match closer, and when the match gets close, anything can happen
That particular match, I was playing what the situation demanded. I was taking the risk on the weakest bowler of that team. Hasaranga and Chameera were bowling really well, so my target was to play them off and target other bowlers,” Chahar said.
Deepak Chahar Recalls MS Dhoni’s Message After His Knock
Deepak Chahar added 84* runs for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who made 19* in 28 balls and guided the youngster throughout his knock and helped India clinch the series-winning victory in the second ODI.
Furthermore, Chahar recalled that his night became more special, as he received a message from MS Dhoni, his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain.
“After that innings, he (MS Dhoni) messaged me for batting- ‘Very well played!’ so that was a very good moment for me,” revealed Chahar.
He stated that MS Dhoni had picked him in the CSK squad for his batting while also recalling a game from the 2018 season when MSD promoted him in the batting order.
“He picked me in the team because of my batting only. When I was in the Pune side (RPSG), I was picked as a batting all-rounder. In 2018, he sent me before him in one of the games. In that game, I scored 40 odd runs. After that, I didn’t get much opportunity, so I was waiting for my chance,” Chahar elaborated.
Deepak Chahar was surprisingly omitted from the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup. However, he is one of three reserve players alongside Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur in the team.