Last Update on: November 13th, 2019 at 11:56 am
Team India fast bowler Deepak Chahar is currently the happiest man alive on the planet. He scalped a hattrick in the third T20I against Bangladesh before missing one by a whisker in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Rajasthan. But what changed his career from a normal bowler to an international star?
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The pacer from Rajasthan hogged the limelight when he 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.
However, he missed the hattrick by a whisker. He claimed four wickets in the 13th over of the match against Vidarbha in Thiruvananthapuram. But in between his three back to back wickets, Chahar bowled a wide delivery; eventually cancelling out the opportunity to become the first person to take two hattricks within three days.
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Speaking about his recent success, Deepak Chahar credited his learnings from the IPL 2019 while playing for the Chennai Super Kings under MS Dhoni. The 28-year-old claimed 22 wickets gradually grew from being a new-ball specialist to a more all-round bowler.
“To deliver the goods, your skills are very important. I could swing the new ball. I needed to develop my skills to reap benefits from the old ball and I think, I learned a lot of it during the last IPL. That was the best thing to have happened to me,” Chahar told Sportstar.
Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar is already looking forward and wants to work hard to cement his place in the T20I side. With the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia looming large, Chahar will set his sight on the plane to the land of Kangaroos, But for that to happen, he will have to put in the extra yard to prove that he can handle pressure situations.
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“India now has the top fast-bowling attack — something not many could think of in the past. In this situation, getting a place in the team is difficult. To sustain, you have to perform in every game and you cannot afford to take any game lightly. I treat every game as my last game and that helps to stay focused and motivated,” he said.
“I have worked hard for 15 years to come so far, and I won’t let it go easily,” Chahar concluded.