Team India fast bowler Deepak Chahar has hogged most of the limelight in the last week and all for the right reasons. The cricketer from Rajasthan credited all his success to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni.
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Chahar united with Dhoni for the first time in 2017 while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. The former India skipper then brought Deepak Chahar in Chennai Super Kings the next years – and things have started to unfold since then.
He impressed in his first season in 2018 playing a significant role in Chennai lifting their third IPL title. But Chahar was at his best in the last season claiming 22 wickets at an impressive economy rate. This season also witnessed Deepak Chaha grow as an all-round bowler from a powerplay specialist.
MS Dhoni has played a key role in his rise and was even spotted during an IPL game. Chahar acknowledges that all those have led to this success and playing in IPL have brought him where he is right now.
“I want to give all the credit to the IPL. I have learnt a lot at CSK and from Dhoni bhai. How to read the body language of a batsman and then bowl accordingly,” Chahar told to timesofindia.com. “He (Dhoni) has scolded me a lot also on the field. I have learnt a lot from those incidents too,” he added.
Notably, Deepak Chahar became the second Indian to claim a hattrick. In the process, Deepak Chahar also registered the best-ever T20I figure leapfrogging Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis. Two days later, Chahar was once again back to business, this time for his state side Rajasthan. This time as well he picked three wickets from three consecutive legal deliveries but a wide in between ruled him out from becoming the first bowlers to scale two hattricks within three days.
When asked about one special trait which he has learned from MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar revealed that he has learnt the art of death bowling for the senior statesman.
“Bowling in the death overs isn’t easy at all. This is the main thing I have learnt from him. Those things that I learnt from Dhoni bhai are helping me a lot at the international level,” Chahar concluded.