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Deepak Chahar had played for Rising Pune Supergiants in the past. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

25-year-old Deepak Chahar has been impressive in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, as he bagged a total of 12 wickets from four matches.

Chahar’s 5/15 in the Super League stage lifted Rajasthan to their maiden final this season in the 20-over-a-side tournament. With the IPL scouts keeping a firm eye on domestic performances, Chahar’s name is likely to encourage bidders.

Chahar represented Rising Pune Supergiants’ unit last year’s IPL, a side that was led by Steven Smith. Having rubbed shoulders with the former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, Chahar wants to share the dressing room with Dhoni once again, this time donning the Chennai Super Kings’ outfit.

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Deepak Chahar had played for Rising Pune Supergiants in the past. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Dhoni took care of the juniors: Chahar

“It was a great learning experience from Dhoni. I not only shared the dressing room but his room as well – as anyone could walk into his room which remained open 24 hours.

“He takes utmost care of the juniors, doesn’t hesitate to join us on the dinner table. It helps the juniors so that they don’t develop a complex. I will look to play with him again,” Chahartold TOI after their match against Punjab at Eden Gardens.

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MS Dhoni and Deepak Chahar were teammates at the Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL until last year. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

IPL franchises keep a close eye: Chahar

Not being a stranger to all the hype of the auction, Chahar knows the importance of his current performance, and that is somehow motivated him to put that extra yard in the field.

“It will definitely help. Franchises keep a close watch on the Mushtaq Ali as it’s the same format. Obviously, you will put in that extra effort knowing that it’s a day before the auction.”


Chahar scalped two wickets, conceding nine runs in the virtual semi-finals against Punjab yesterday (January 25). A niggle forced him to leave the field at a certain point during the match, but Rajasthan did just enough to secure a date in the finals with Delhi at the Eden Gardens.

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