Deepak Chahar, on Wednesday, impressed with the ball once again to stake claim for a regular place in the starting eleven. In the ongoing series against South Africa, India have handed opportunities to several fringe players to impress and one can say that Chahar made the chance count.

Deepak Chahar impressed with the ball at the start as well as the end. He bowled the second over of the powerplay and conceded just five. In his next over, he conceded seven runs while giving India the first breakthrough by dismissing Reeza Hendricks. He bowled his third over in the powerplay itself and conceded just seven.

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Virat Kohli then brought him back in the attack in the 18th over and Deepak Chahar did not disappoint. He conceded just three runs in addition to picking up the wicket of well-settled Temba Bavuma. Chahar eventually finished his spell by conceding just 22 runs from his four overs while picking up two important wickets.

Speaking in the post-match press-conference, the right-handed bowler said that he finds it easy to bowl in the death overs. He also explained the reason for the same, saying:

“I find it easy to bowl death overs because, in the powerplay, you only get two fielders outside the circle. However, after the powerplay, you get five fielders outside. Therefore, I find it easy to bowl death overs.”

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar (Credits: BCCI)

Chahar, who played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that the confidence he gained from the league helped him.

“Whenever you do good in a match, you get confidence. And the confidence I got from IPL, it benefitted me,” he said,

The Indian team-management has already stated that it has started planning for the next year’s T20 World Cup. However, Chahar is not thinking too far and is just focused on the present.

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“It is still one year for the World Cup and I do not think far too ahead. I take every match as my last match. At this time, Indian cricket is at the top and if you want to find a spot, you will have to do very good and that too, in every match because there is a lot of competition,” he said.

India, meanwhile, beat South Africa by seven wickets to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The third T20I between India and South Africa will be played on September 22 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.