NEW DELHI: There’s a video Deepak Chahar had posted on Instagram whereas quarantining in Mumbai earlier than leaving for the continued Sri Lanka tour. He was batting with a baseball bat whereas Navdeep Saini bowled to him with a tennis ball in the yard of the staff lodge. He was completely nailing the entrance-foot cowl drives.
For all his abilities to maneuver the ball each methods, Deepak’s batting capability has reasonably gone unnoticed till he pulled off an unbelievable chase in opposition to Sri Lanka on Tuesday night time. That unbeaten 69 will assist set up Deepak’s credentials as a helpful decrease-order bat.
Deepak has backed himself as an allrounder for practically 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 might have fetched a much bigger quantity.
” Humari galti thi (It was our fault). Deepak had filled the form as an allrounder. The allrounder category came late in the day. Rahul went as a bowler. Rahul’s name came early in the auction. Deepak came later. By the time Deepak’s name was called, teams had exhausted a lot of the money otherwise Deepak would have got more than Rs 2 crores,” Lokander Chahar, Deepak’s father, informed TOI. “We had an idea that Rahul would draw big bids. It was not a surprise or a fluke that he went for so much,” Lokander, who has coached each Deepak and Rahul in their youthful days, stated.
The confidence in 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 in the earlier season at Rising Pune Supergiant.
When Deepak was attempting to make a comeback into high-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 bear 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.
Even as he prospered as a swing bowler in white-ball cricket for India, Deepak continued to put emphasis on his batting. He even batted in the highest order for Rajasthan in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019-20 as he captained the staff into the semifinals of the match.
“He was batting really well for Rajasthan before he got injured after that tournament. But Deepak knows he can’t be a one-dimensional cricketer,” Lokander stated.
As for his bowling, one may need seen a drop in tempo in the 2 Lanka ODIs. But that is a effectively thought-out transfer. In 2019, Deepak had spoken about how a lot his physique might endure. “Deepak understands his body and limitations because nothing is natural about him. If bowling at over 140 km/hr comes to you naturally, you can bowl 13 -14 overs in a day. But if he worked on bowling long spells, he will be a 130 km/hr bowler. If he bowls quicker than that, it would require more power. Chances of getting injured are more,” Lokander defined.