Former Indian player Rohan Gavaskar said pace bowler Deepak Chahar will have to be consistent enough to make a case for a comeback in the Indian team.
Chahar missed action for six months because of multiple injuries that ruled him out of Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2022 dismal campaign.
Playing his first competitive match since February 20, 2022, Chahar returned with figures of 3/27 from seven overs against Zimbabwe in the first ODI.
He accounted for the early wickets of Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani and Wesley Madhevere as India bowled the hosts out for 189 in 40.3 overs.
Deepak Chahar is definitely throwing his hat in the ring if keeps performing like this:
Chahar earned the player of the match award for his outstanding bowling efforts. There is no assurity about the 30-year-old making a case for India’s T20 World Cup squad.
Gavaskar, who played 11 ODI matches for India, opined Chahar was a bit rusty on his comeback and should continue bowling well to be considered for the T20 World Cup mix.
“Absolutely, but it’s only one match. He has come back from a long injury layoff. It’s one match, he has done really well. He had control over inswing and outswing. But again what we did see yesterday was that there were a couple of loose deliveries from him,” Gavaskar told Sports18.
“That also was because he was rusty, there would have been a little bit of nerves, making a comeback after a big injury break. But he has done his chances no harm. If he keeps performing like he has in that first ODI, he is definitely throwing his hat in the ring to be selected,” he added.
You have to give good performances to make your place in the side: Deepak Chahar
According to Chahar’s own admission, there is pressure for him to return to the Indian side after an injury-laden break.
“When you are away for a long time, others come in and perform well and take their place in the side,” Chahar said.
“To make your place in the side again, you have to give good performances. So, that pressure is always there on a returning player. I had the same expectation that I would do well when I come back, because that is all a player has in his hand,” the Indian pacer added.
India will play the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Saturday (August 20) at the Harare Sports Club.
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