Deepak Chahar, the Indian pacer, made a much-anticipated return to international cricket during the fourth T20I match against Australia. Chahar’s comeback was particularly significant as he had endured a challenging period marred by injuries, including a back injury that sidelined him for an extended duration. He even missed the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia due to these setbacks.
Despite the challenges, Chahar demonstrated resilience and determination as he stepped onto the field for India. Although his first over proved costly, conceding 22 runs, he bounced back with a vengeance, dismissing the dangerous Tim David and Matthew Short with his skillful bowling variations.
In an interview with JioCinema, Deepak Chahar expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to represent India once again. “It’s obviously very special to play for India,” he remarked. “I last played a year ago, last December. It’s been a long time due to injuries, and it’s been up and down. Performance-wise I was decent, but injuries-wise, it is what it is.”
Deepak Chahar revealed that he made significant changes following his IPL 2023 was cut short due to injury.
He explained, “After IPL, I took a break and made some changes in my lifestyle, training, and bowling as well.” Comparing his roles with the Indian team and the Chennai Super Kings, Chahar stated, “In CSK, my role is different since Mahi bhai operates differently. He has specific roles for the players. Initially, I was a new-ball bowler, eventually that changed. But when playing for India, I have bowled in different phases of the innings and done well.”
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Deepak Chahar, who is also part of India’s white-ball squad for the upcoming South Africa tour, shared his insights into the conditions in South Africa.
“As a bowler, you do get help, and the bounce is good,” he said. “Length is crucial there, and as a batter, you need to play the shorter delivery well since most of the deliveries will be at hip-height and above. There is an advantage having been in the last tour.”
Chahar’s return to international cricket is a testament to his perseverance and commitment. His performance during the fourth T20I against Australia demonstrated his potential to contribute significantly to India’s success. As India embarks on the South Africa tour, Chahar’s experience and bowling prowess will undoubtedly be valuable assets to the team.