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Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India all-rounder Deepak Chahar isn’t looking too far ahead at the upcoming T20 World Cup. Chahar, who scored a game and won 69 runs, knocks India out of defeat to Sri India in the 2nd ODI in Colombo on Thursday, said his sole aim is to prove himself with both bat and ball. “The T20 World Cup is far away, I have only 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 act; looking for an opportunity to show my abilities with the bat. I haven’t batted for a long time in the past two years, so that was a good opportunity. I’m glad I was able to take advantage of this opportunity,” Deepak said during a virtual press conference.
The Chennai Super Kings cricketer said MS Dhoni influenced him to take the matches deep.
“Watching MS Dhoni close 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 go deep into the game. Everyone wants us to win, but when the game goes deep, it’s exciting for everyone involved,” Chahar said.
It was India coach Rahul Dravid’s idea to send Deepak in the final match for the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Speaking about the role of Rahul Dravid, Deepak said, “I have played under his (Dravid) guidance and coaching. There have been times when a situation has arisen where the batsmen were fired and I was right there in the middle. I played good shots for India A and that’s why Mr. Rahul has the confidence in me. It always helps if the coach supports you. It’s always in the back of your mind that the coach is supporting you.”
Finally, Deepak said he had received a congratulatory message from Team India captain Virat Kohli.
“After the last game, coaches congratulated me from England and even Virat bhai sent a congratulatory message. He told me well played, of course it feels nice when such great players take note of your performance. It gives the balance to the side if you can get to number eight and play well with the bat,” Deepak disapproved.
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