Deepak Chahar, a pacer for all seasons

Deepak Chahar has evolved into a pacer for all seasons for defending champion Chennai Super Kings, which is currently on top of the points table in the 2019 Indian Premier League.
Deepak Chahar, a pacer for all seasons
Deepak Chahar


Chahar was called upon to bowl an over each in the death in four different games in the absence of injured Dwayne Bravo, and the 26-year-old proved to be exceedingly skilful.

Chahar, known for his ability to swing the new ball and his accuracy, predominantly bowls during Powerplay and completes his quota in the middle overs, but was up forthe death-overs challenge which appeared to be the team’s weak link in Bravo’s absence.

“I like it when responsibility is given to me. I always wanted to bowl in death overs,” said Chahar, who has taken 11 wickets from nine games so far this season. “Obviously, we miss Bravo. He is someone who can’tbe easily replaced given his all-round skills and death overs bowling. But it has given me an opportunity to bowl in the death overs,” added Chahar, who is second on the list for most dot balls bowled so far in IPL-12.

CSK has 14 points from seven wins out of nine matches and next plays Royal Challengers Bangalore away on April 21. “You watch the slow motions, the seam position coming down, it’s in beautiful position,” CSK batting coach Michael Hussey said the other day.

“He’s been very accurate and can swing the new ball; that’s why he’s used in the first few overs. His ability to pick up wickets in Powerplay (is) very important as well,” the batting great added. “In the last few matches we have actually started using him at the death as well. And I do see thatcontinuing, maybe just one over towards the end. And it’s something that I know he really looks forward to,” the Australian concluded.

Chahar played a key role last season as the Lions went on to clinch a third title in its seventh appearance in the final to level with Mumbai Indians for most crowns. He subsequently made his Twenty20 International and One-Day International debut.

“He is relatively unsung but his performances have been very good,” CSK Head coach Stephen Fleming said.

“The key thing for him is consistency now, and in being able to keep repeating. He has always been a very skilful player, and he knows what to deliver at the right time. He is now a lot smarter with the options that he uses,” the Kiwi concluded.

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