IPL 2018: Stephen Fleming in Awe of Deepak Chahar for His Fine Bowling Show
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming has praised Deepak Chahar for his spectacular performance thus far with the ball. The fast bowler has impressed with his brisk pace as well as swing bowling in particular.
Furthermore, Chahar has scalped six wickets in the five matches he has played.
The right-arm pacer had bagged three wickets in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at their home den. Chahar had conceded only 15 runs in his quota of four overs.
Chahar has impressed with his speed as well as swing.
Former New Zealand skipper Fleming is impressed with the skill set that the pacer possesses in his armory. The Rajasthan-based cricketer also had a good domestic season and he has carried his form.
“He has been developing over the last two years. He had a very good domestic season. His skill set was something we were very impressed with since the first day. He is actually a handy batsman as well. We think he is a fine cricketer,” Fleming told reporters on the eve of the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Fleming further added that Deepak Chahar gets the ball to swing at a brisk pace which is quite important.
The former Kiwis batsman Fleming believes that the pacer will add more control with experience.
“The fact that he swings the ball is important. Lots of trends in the game, obviously wrist spinners and swinging the ball are very effective at the moment. And, he does that and he does it at a good pace too. At the moment, he’s around 140 kph, 143 tops. He’s gone really well. He has got to find and maintain consistency and that will come with experience,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kiwi also added that it is not going to be a walk in the park contest against RCB. Fleming knows that the Virat Kohli led team has a great potential and they have some quality players in their line-up.
“We know we have to play very well to put any pressure in the top order and they have also got good bowlers. Umesh Yadav has been excellent with the new ball. Chahal – So, there is a lot of good contest at hands,” he added.
The former Blackcaps southpaw Fleming also opened on playing Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh. He added that they select their playing combination keeping in mind the opposition team.
“It is all about getting the balance right. Karn took Tahir’s place because he suffered an injury. Harbhajan Singh is good at bowling to left-handers. So, we picked him up at Chennai where the ball turns and bounces. We pick team looking at the potential of a rival team. They could all play, maybe someday,” he said.
It has been a fine start by the Super Kings in the ongoing season. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team has thus far won four matches out of the five they have played.
Men in Yellow will aim to continue their winning run against Royal Challengers.