NEW DELHI: There is a video Deepak Chahar had posted on Instagram whereas quarantining in Mumbai earlier than leaving for the continuing Sri Lanka tour. He was batting with a baseball bat whereas Navdeep Saini bowled to him with a tennis ball within the yard of the crew lodge. He was completely nailing the front-foot cowl drives.
For all his abilities to maneuver the ball each methods, Deepak’s batting skill has somewhat gone unnoticed till he pulled off an inconceivable chase in opposition to Sri Lanka on Tuesday evening. That unbeaten 69 will assist set up Deepak’s credentials as a helpful lower-order bat.
Deepak has backed himself as an allrounder for almost 4 years now. He had even listed himself as an allrounder for the IPL auctions in 2018. It was the 12 months he was lapped up for Rs 80 lakh by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a franchise that has offered wings to his profession. It was the identical public sale when his youthful cousin Rahul was purchased for Rs 1.9 crores by Mumbai Indians.
The Chahar family was elated however the day ended with a remorse too. The Chahars believed Deepak may have fetched a much bigger quantity.
” Humari galti thi (It was our fault). Deepak had stuffed the shape as an allrounder. The allrounder class got here late within the day. Rahul went as a bowler. Rahul’s identify got here early within the public sale. Deepak got here later. By the point Deepak’s identify was known as, groups had exhausted lots of the cash in any other case Deepak would have gotten greater than Rs 2 crores,” Lokander Chahar, Deepak’s father, advised TOI. “We had an concept that Rahul would draw massive bids. It was not a shock or a fluke that he went for a lot,” Lokander, who has coached each Deepak and Rahul of their youthful days, stated.
The arrogance within the Chahars got here from the sterling Syed Mushtaq Ali match that preceded the auctions and the truth that Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni had each preferred Deepak’s enchancment within the earlier season at Rising Pune Supergiant.
When Deepak was making an attempt to make a comeback into top-flight cricket after sustaining accidents after a dream debut Ranji season in 2010-11, he had determined that he needed to work on his batting so as to add one other dimension to his sport. One might keep in mind how captain Dhoni even promoted him to No. 6 in a difficult run chase in opposition to Kings XI Punjab in 2018. Deepak responded with a 20-ball 39 to arrange a win.
At the same time as he prospered as a swing bowler in white-ball cricket for India, Deepak continued to put emphasis on his batting. He even batted within the prime order for Rajasthan within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019-20 as he captained the crew into the semifinals of the match.
“He was batting very well for Rajasthan earlier than he obtained injured after that match. However Deepak is aware of he cannot be a one-dimensional cricketer,” Lokander stated.
As for his bowling, one might need seen a drop in tempo within the two Lanka ODIs. However that is a nicely thought-out transfer. In 2019, Deepak had spoken about how a lot his physique may endure. “Deepak understands his physique and limitations as a result of nothing is pure about him. If bowling at over 140 km/hr involves you naturally, you may bowl 13 -14 overs in a day. But when he labored on bowling lengthy spells, he can be a 130 km/hr bowler. If he bowls faster than that, it might require extra energy. Probabilities of getting injured are extra,” Lokander defined.