India are all set to face the West Indies in three T20Is, as many ODIs and two Tests after the ICC World Cup. India have rested their couple of experienced players and backed youngsters in the series. While doing so, Rahul Chahar has earned his maiden India call-up for the upcoming series where his cousin Deepak Chahar has also been selected. In a recent interview with the BCCI.tv, the cousins have revealed their dream to play for India together.
“I started playing first, and when Rahul also started playing, it was our dream to play together for the country. In fact it was the family’s dream that we both play for India. The background that we come from, it’s a big deal that one kid gets to play for the country, but now it’s us who’ll be representing the nation,” Deepak Chahar said.
While Deepak has already played a T20I and an ODI for India, Rahul is all set to make his debut in the Twenty20 International.
“It’s a great feeling to be making my debut alongside my cousin. When I had started playing cricket my uncle wanted us to represent India together. He always told me that it will be far greater achievement if the two of us play international cricket, rather than just one of us,” Rahul Chahar said.
In the conversation, Deepak also revealed some memories of their early days of playing together.
“When Rahul started playing, we used to practice on cement turf with synthetic balls. Once we were playing on that wicket and the ball bounced more than usual and hit him on the chest. The next ball too hit him on the same spot. Since then, for some reason, he has encountered problems in facing me,” Deepak shared.
Rahul also shared his dismissal off Deepak’s delivery in the 2019 IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
“During the IPL final, when I got out on Deepak’s ball, all the players made fun of me for getting out to my brother yet again.”