Deepak Chahar’s heroics with the bat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka has earned him deserving plaudits from fans as well as pundits.
Chahar smashed a brilliant unbeaten 69 off 82 balls and along with fellow seamer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, took India past the finishing line.
India looked down and out for all money during the 2nd ODI when Deepak Chahar came to bat. They had just lost their 6th wicket in the form of Suryakumar Yadav with the score reading 6/160 and they still needed a further 116 runs for victory.
However, Chahar, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, showed remarkable composure as he launched a calculated counterattack on the Sri Lankan bowlers.
He played out Sri Lanka’s most potent weapon in the form of Wanindu Hasaranga while attacking the likes of Dushmanta Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha with some delightful stroke play.
Such was the calmness with which Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar went about their business that even Virat Kohli, who, along with the Test squad were seen cheering for the team in Sri Lanka, couldn’t hold himself back and proceeded to heap praise on the duo as well as the entire contingent for pulling off a remarkable win via his Twitter account.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Virat Kohli wrote-
“Great win by the boys. From a tough situation to pull it off was an amazing effort. Great to watch. Well done DC and Surya. Tremendous knocks under pressure. 🇮🇳”
Great win by the boys. From a tough situation to pull it off was an amazing effort. Great to watch. Well done DC and Surya. Tremendous knocks under pressure. 🇮🇳
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 20, 2021
As it turns out, Virat not only tweeted but the Indian skipper also proceeded to send a text message to Deepak Chahar to congratulate him on his heroics.
“Virat bhaiya messaged me, saying: ‘well played,'” revealed Deepak Chahar during a virtual press conference in Colombo on Thursday.
During the press conference, Chahar also revealed how watching MS Dhoni take the game deep to lead his team- India or CSK- past the finishing line has had a big influence on him.
”It’s not just (about) CSK… while growing up, we have all seen how he (Dhoni) (takes the match close). Every time we speak, he tells me that it is in your hands to take the game till the end and if you can do that, then you get some overs and that makes the match thrilling. So, that was the whole idea was to take the match till the last over,” Chahar said.