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After scoring a match-winning 69 in the second ODI, Deepak Chahar has admitted that he has one goal, which is to consistently supply himself with the bat and the ball. Chahar also stated that watching MS Dhoni close-out games up close helped him plan his innings in the second ODI.
While Deepak Chahar may have called himself an all-rounder during the 2017 IPL auctions, he was largely an unproven bat before taking center stage for Rajasthan during the domestic season. For the Indian team, however, there was never a chance for him to demonstrate his batting skills, before the encounter against Sri Lanka, where India found themselves in a tricky spot in 160/6.
Even after the resignation of the last recognized batsman, Krunal Pandya, Chahar showed his unreal talent with the bat, forming a partnership alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take Indian to an unlikely victory over the hosts. Prior to the last encounter, Deepak Chahar admitted in the online press conference that his goal is to consistently prove himself with the bat and the ball in the near future.
“The World Cup is far away, I only have one goal and that is to prove myself with both bat and ball. The selection is not in my hands, it is not in the hands of a player. We can just perform, I was looking for a chance to show my skills with the bat. For the past two years I haven’t had a chance to bat for a long time, so it was a good chance. I’m glad I was able to take this opportunity, Chahar gave to the press conference.
Chahar also opened up about the influence of Rahul Dravid, which he called a motivational effect during the second ODI. He also added that Dravid’s support had helped the bowling all-rounder take the win.
“Rahul Dravid is coaching the seniors for the first time, but he has been with the A side and I have played under his guidance and coaching. There have been times when there has been a situation where the batsmen are fired and I am out right there in the middle. I played good strokes for India A and that’s why Rahul sir has the confidence in me. It always helps you when the coach supports you. It is always in the back of your mind that the coach supports you,” he added .
While for several players the pressure of the run rate and the achievement of the winning runs was immense, for Deepak Chahar it was something he had experienced up close several times in the CSK locker room. Chahar insisted that watching MS Dhoni close-out games helped him speed up his innings during the second ODI.
“Watching MS Dhoni finish matches has been a big factor. I’ve watched him for a long time and I’ve always watched him finish matches. When you talk to him he always tells you to take the game deep Everyone wants us to win, but when the game goes deep, it’s exciting for everyone involved,” he added.
During his bowling, the pacer admitted that he worked hard to bring out the different variations, including the slow yorker, which was good for Wanindu Hasaranga.
“I’ve been playing the T20 format for a while, and if you don’t have variations in that format it can get easy for the batsmen. Swing depends on the wicket and the conditions, but if you get variations you can make your own in I took a wicket on the knuckleball in the last game,” he explained.
With less than two years before the 50-over World Cup in the country, India’s need for a good number 8 has seen many candidates. After the second ODI win, Chahar has added his name to the list of all-rounders who could potentially compete against each other for a place in the squad. Chahar revealed that after the victory he received a message from Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioning his achievement.
“After the last game, coaches congratulated me from England and even Virat Bhai sent a congratulatory message. He told me played well, of course it feels nice when such great players take note of your performance. It gives the balance to the side when you can come in at number eight and play well with the bat,” he said.
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