New Delhi: India’s medium pacer Deepak Chahar, who has so far played 3 ODIs and 13 T20Is for India is one of the favourites to be picked for a 5 Test series in England (starting August 4), a second-string Indian team is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series in July. But the 28-year-old cricketer credits for a lot of his success to his Chennai Super Kings captain and former India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni’s guidance for youngsters, from behind the stumps, is no secret. Deepak himself has gained from former Indian cricket team captain’s vast pool of knowledge and experience, first hand at CSK.
“It was a long-cherished dream of mine to play under Mahi bhai. I have learnt a lot under his captaincy. I have taken my game to another level under his guidance. He has always backed me. He taught me how to take responsibility. There is no one in my team (CSK) who bowls three overs in the powerplay. I do that. That’s because of Mahi bhai. Bowling the first over for a team is not an easy job. With time, I have improved and learnt how to control the flow of runs, especially in T20s,” Chahar further told Timesofindia.com.
Notably, Chahar claimed 8 wickets in 7 matches at an economy of 8.04, including two four-wicket hauls – vs Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders – in phase 1 of IPL 2021. He began proceedings with the ball for CSK in both matches.
Playing against Punjab Kings, Chahar bowled a fiery spell, dismissing Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda and Nicholas Pooran. He was given Man of the Match for his super spell of 4 for 13 in his allotted 4 overs. The CSK had won the match by 6 wickets.
Meanwhile, playing against Kolkata Knight Riders, Chahar returned outstanding figures again, this time they read 4 for 29 in 4 overs in CSK’s 18-run win. He got rid of Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine in the match to reduce KKR to 31/4 in 5 overs.
“Mahi bhai has made me a powerplay bowler. He always says ‘you are my powerplay bowler’. He, most of the time, gives me the first over of the match. I have been scolded by him a lot (laughs), but I know those talks and that guidance has benefitted me a lot as well and helped me grow as a bowler. He (Dhoni) knows his players well and he uses them wisely. He knows who is good at the death, who is good in the powerplay and who is good in the middle overs,” he said.