Indian bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar has been out of action since March earlier this year and he will mark his return to international cricket during the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Chahar was named in the playing XI for the first ODI and will be partnering with the likes of Mohammed Siraj. Having recovered from his hamstring injury, Chahar hopes to make a mark on Thursday.
“It was a long vacation for me. Now fully fit and back. [There is] tough competition in the Indian team and it has been high since I started playing.”
“If I get an opportunity, I can do the job with the new ball and bat in the lower order. It is about performing and I don’t think about opportunities,” Chahar said ahead of the first game against Zimbabwe.
Speaking about the conditions in Harare for the first game, Chahar said there should be assistance for the fast bowlers.
“It should help the seam bowlers due to the cool breeze. The stats also suggest that it helps fast bowlers early in the morning,” he reckoned.
Chahar’s batting ability was unlocked last year during the tour of Sri Lanka. Since then, he has focused on batting and intends to perform in the lower order for the team.
“I have been working on my batting for many years, but I get very less opportunities. Last year, I batted in just four matches and I did well, so hoping to do well if I get a chance,” Chahar also added.
India’s playing XI for the first ODI:
KL Rahul (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.