Deepak Chahar, India and Chennai Super Kings seam and swing bowler, has batted for a training camp to be held if and when the Indian Premier League takes place this year.
The 13th edition of the IPL was supposed to take place between March 29- May 24, but the proliferation of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] to postpone the tournament for an indefinite period of time.
Reports are rife that the cash-rich league might be staged between the September-November window if the ICC T20 World Cup is indeed postponed to a later date.
Chahar believes that a training camp before the IPL will be ideal for players to get back into the groove, considering they haven’t played any cricket for the past three months.
“We will need to slowly get back into the system and I believe that IPL could be the perfect vehicle for us to return to cricketing action. It helps that we have a lot of games and that gets you into the rhythm. If you make a player play an ODI or Test immediately after the break, the body might break down due to the load. Like when you hit the gym, you don’t do a 100kg bench press to start with,” Deepak Chahar told IANS.
“Similarly, playing the IPL will help not just the bowlers, but all cricketers as the level of competition you get here is top-class. But we do need a proper camp before the IPL starts so that we can get back into the groove after this phase away from the game,” he added.
Deepak Chahar hasn’t played competitive cricket since suffering from a stress fracture last year
Deepak Chahar has been out of action since December. The right-hander was at the peak of his powers and was gradually cementing his place in the Indian white-ball teams’ before his progress was halted by a stress fracture.
Chahar admitted that he was a bit scared when he was first heard of the injury as a stress facture normally takes 3-4 months to heal completely.
“When I got to know of the injury, it came out to be a stress fracture and that takes 3-4 months to heal completely. So initially it did feel a little scary because it was such an important phase in my career as I was doing well in T20Is and was just getting into the groove in ODIs. But I have had injuries in the past and I knew how to go about it and come back stronger,” he pointed.
Chahar had returned to peak fitness and would have made his return to competitive cricket with the IPL but for COVID-19 that paved way for the postponement of the competition for an indefinite period of time.