NEW DELHI: There is a video Deepak Chahar had posted on Instagram while quarantined in Mumbai before leaving for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. He was batting with a baseball bat while Navdeep Saini threw a tennis ball at him in the backyard of the team’s hotel. I was absolutely nailing the front foot deck transmissions.
For all his abilities to move the ball both ways, Deepak’s hitting ability has gone unnoticed until he landed an unlikely chase against Sri Lanka on Tuesday night. That undefeated 69 will help establish Deepak’s credentials as a useful lower-order bat.
Deepak has supported himself as an all-rounder for nearly four years. He had even labeled himself an all-rounder for the IPL auctions in 2018. It was the year he earned Rs 80 lakhs for Super Kings of Chennai (CSK), a franchise that has given wings to his career. It was the same auction when his younger cousin Rahul was bought for Rs 1.9 crore per Mumbai Indians.
The Chahar family was elated, but the day also ended with regret. The Chahars believed Deepak I could have gotten a larger amount.
” Humari galti thi (It was our fault). Deepak had filled out the form like an SUV. The off-road category arrived at the end of the day. Rahul went as a bowler. Rahul’s name appeared at the beginning of the auction. Deepak arrived later. When Deepak was called in, the teams had exhausted a large amount of money, otherwise Deepak would have gotten more than 2 crore rupees, “Lokander Chahar, Deepak’s father told TOI.” We had the idea that Rahul would attract great deals. It wasn’t a surprise or a stroke of luck that he tried so hard, “said Lokander, who trained both Deepak and Rahul in their youth.
Confidence in the Chahars came from the excellent Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament that preceded the auctions and the fact that Stephen Fleming Y MS Dhoni They had both liked Deepak’s upgrade from the previous season in Rising Pune Supergiant.
When Deepak was trying to return to top-notch cricket after sustaining injuries after a dream debut in Ranji’s season in 2010-11, he had decided he had to work on his hitting to add another dimension to his game. One can remember how the captain Dhoni he even promoted it to No. 6 in a difficult chase against Kings XI Punjab in 2018. Deepak responded with a 39 of 20 balls to set up a victory.
Even as he thrived as a swing pitcher in cue ball cricket for India, Deepak continued to put emphasis on his hitting. He even hit in the highest order for Rajasthan at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019-20, while captaining the team in the semi-finals of the tournament.
“He was hitting really well for Rajasthan before he got injured after that tournament. But Deepak knows he can’t be a one-dimensional cricketer,” Lokander said.
As for his bowling, a drop in pace could have been seen in both of Lanka’s ODIs. But that’s a well thought out move. In 2019, Deepak had talked about how much her body could take. “Deepak understands his body and its limitations because nothing is natural to him. If bowling faster than 140 km / h is natural for you, you can throw 13 to 14 overs in one day. But he did work long bowling. periods, it will be a 130 km / hr thrower. If he throws faster than that, it would require more power. The chances of injury are more, “Lokander explained.