Last Update on: January 15th, 2020 at 05:16 pm
India fast-bowler Deepak Chahar has called his spell against Bangladesh in Nagpur T20I a dream. The right-arm pacer, on Wednesday, won the ICC’s Best Men’s T20I performance in 2019 award for his stunning spell against the Tigers that helped India win the game by 30 runs and seal the three-match series 2-1.
Deepak Chahar, who picked up a memorable 8 for 10 on Ranji Trophy debut in 2010-11, had picked up 6 for just 7 runs. The spell also included a hat-trick as the Rajasthan pacer rewrote history books. He became the first Indian to pick up a hat-trick in the shortest format of the game. He also achieved the record of best bowling figures in men’s T20Is. Deepak Chahar broke the record of Ajantha Mendis who had the figures of 6 for 8 runs.
“I am very happy to receive this award. I would like to thank the ICC for this award and to the BCCI for giving me a chance to represent my country. That performance was very special for me. I got an opportunity to play for India after a long time. Taking six wickets conceding only seven runs was a dream performance for me and will always remain close to my heart,” Deepak Chahar said in a statement.
Apart from Deepak Chahar, India opener Rohit Sharma won the award for the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year while skipper Virat Kohli bagged the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. Virat Kohli was also named the captain of ICC ODI and Test teams of the year. England allrounder Ben Stokes bagged the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the ICC Cricketer of the Year while Australia’s Pat Cummins was named the ICC Test Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar is currently sidelined with a back injury. His last appearance came during the ODI series against West Indies.