Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra believes Deepak Chahar is still in contention for a place in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad. The speedster registered figures of 3/27 in seven overs in the first ODI against Zimbabwe on Thursday, August 18 and helped the team bowl out the hosts for just 189 runs. After that, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill added together an unbroken 192-run partnership and registered a resounding 10-wicket win.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra picked Deepak Chahar as his Player of the Match, saying: “India decimated the opposition and there my Player of the Match has to be without a shadow of doubt – the guy is Deepak Chahar. His name is not there for the Asia Cup because he is making a comeback here but Deepak Chahar is still not out of the World Cup race. Deepak shone and that shine was felt. He is coming back after a very long time. At the start, it seemed he was bowling within himself, wasn’t going all out. This series is being considered extremely important for Deepak Chahar from the World Cup viewpoint.”
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Chopra continued: “You might think the World Cup is of 20 overs and this is a 50-over match, so what is the connection? The connection is there, he has not played cricket for the last six months and is playing now. If he performs well, his name will also be put on the list.”
However, Deepak Chahar last played a competitive game in February this year. He, however, missed the entire IPL 2022 and other international games due to injury and he has been added as one of the reserves in India’s Asia Cup squad.
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“The guy has class. His wrist has the skill to bowl outswing and inswing. He has the ability and courage to bowl wicket-taking balls. When he does that, he gets hit for fours but picks up wickets. He picked up three wickets right at the start. Deepak is back, which is such a fantastic story,” Aakash Chopra concluded.