Indian all-rounder Deepak Chahar mentioned that MS Dhoni was a big influence on the knock he played against Sri Lanka in the second ODI to win the game from nowhere. Deepak Chahar played a blinder of an innings with the bat and his partnership alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the eighth wicket helped India in a big way.
With six wickets lost at the 180 run mark, all the odds were against an Indian win but Deepak Chahar’s 69 off 82 deliveries made sure India kept up with the required run rate and also, win the game convincingly. More than his batting ability, it was the mental strength that was so good in the innings.
Deepak Chahar Reveals Watching MS Dhoni Helped Him
Deepak Chahar mentioned that MS Dhoni’s finishing games off for India had a great influence on his innings and he noted about Dhoni always suggesting to take the game deep. He concluded that taking the game deep will also provide a lot more excitement for the fans.
“Watching MS Dhoni close out matches has been a big factor. I have watched him for a long period and I have always seen him finishing matches. When you talk to him, he always tells you to take the game deep. Everyone wants us to win, but when the match goes deep, it is thrilling for everyone involved,” said Deepak Chahar in a press conference.
“It Doesn’t Matter If People See Me As All-Rounder Or Not” – Deepak ChaharDeepak Chahar noted that he has put in the hard yards in work and revealed that his father has spoken a lot to him on his batting. He added that he doesn’t care about the tag of the all-rounder and highlighted the fact he has given confidence to the batsman at the other end always.
“I have always worked on my batting and my father has been my coach. When I talk to him, we always talk about my batting. It doesn’t matter if people see me as all-rounder or not. The batsman who is playing alongside me will get confidence that I can hang around and will not give my wicket away. It is very important for a batsman to know that his partner will support him,” He added.
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s partnership of 84 is the second-highest partnership for the eighth wicket for India.