IPL 2021: Impressed With The Way He Bounced Back After The First Game - Stephen Fleming Says Deepak Chahar Is "One Of Finest" When Conditions Assist Him

IPL 2021: Impressed With The Way He Bounced Back After The First Game- Stephen Fleming Says Deepak Chahar Is “One Of Finest” When Conditions Assist Him

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming. Image- iplt20.com

The Chennai Super Kings head coach, Stephen Fleming lavished rich praises on Deepak Chahar, who registered his best bowling figures in the IPL on Friday against Punjab Kings. Chahar rocked the Punjab top-order picking 4 of the first 5 wickets; he bowled all his 4 overs in a single spell returning with figures of 4/13.

Stephen Fleming is impressed by the way the Uttar Pradesh seamer came back strongly in the second game, after being taken to the cleaners against Delhi Capitals where he conceded 36 runs in 4 overs without any success. The CSK coach reckons Chahar is “one of the finest” bowlers in the world when conditions offer him any assistance which is what the case was on Friday at the Wankhede.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar claimed 4/13 against Punjab. [Image-IPLT20]

“Really impressed with the way he bounced back after the first game. Without doubt, when Deepak gets a little bit of swing and a little bit of movement, he is one of the finest around. His ability to swing the ball is one. But his control and skill set is also very high. The key is keeping him simple in his plans and just operating in and around the stumps. He is very effective when the ball swings. Today was a great example of the skills he has. A great bounce back from a below par performance in the first game,” Stephen Fleming said at a virtual press conference.

Stephen Fleming Explains The Planning Behind Chris Gayle’s Wicket

The 48-year-old then explained the process which went behind planning the wicket of Chris Gayle. Chahar smartly used his variation to dismiss Chris Gayle – he foxed the left-hander with a knuckleball to which Gayle sliced it to Ravindra Jadeja at point; Chahar could have had Gayle in the first over had Ruturaj Gaikwad held on to the catch.

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Deepak Chahar’s 4/13 laid the cornerstone for the win [Image-IPLT20]

“The players have been through a number of fields for Chris (Gayle) because he is such a dangerous player. The key thing to acknowledge was how the wicket was going to play and also if you win the toss (what would you do).

“We felt in our first game here, the wicket was a little sticky and offered a little bit to the bowlers. When we found that it was the case today, we had a few more attacking options. The first effort was to get Chris out lbw with a swinging ball. The other plans worked from there. It’s really the players working out things based on the conditions and the wicket,” the former Kiwi skipper explained.

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