Aakash Chopra has lauded tailender pacer Deepak Chahar’s immense self-belief in his batting, even as far back as 10 years ago.
Deepak Chahar smashed an unbeaten 69 and strung together an unbroken 84-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scored 19* to help Team India register an improbable three-wicket win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka despite being 193/7 at one stage.
Aakash Chopra Said Deepak Chahar Told Him That He Bats Well Even 10 Years Ago
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke in glowing terms about Deepak Chahar’s self-confidence. The former shared his own interactions with the seam-bowling all-rounder when he was associated with the Rajasthan team to drive home his point.
“Deepak Chahar is a story of belief, there is so much self-belief in him that sometimes it feels, it is over-confidence. Even ten years ago, when I met him, he used to tell me that he bats well, hits fours and sixes, and that I am giving him less batting. Whenever you talk to him, he talks about bowling but it is not possible that he will not talk about his batting.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Deepak Chahar’s ‘impeccable’ shot selection was a feature of his batting. The Agra-born medium pacer, Deepak Chahar was a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2012 but didn’t get a game, donned the RPS jersey for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, and represented the Chennai Super Kings from 2018 onwards. Young 28 years old Deepak Chahar plays for the stateside Rajasthan in domestic cricket.
“There were two or three very important parts of his batting. Firstly, the self-belief that he can win the match from here. Secondly, his shot selection. The calmness with which he played and the shot selection, it was almost impeccable.”
Deepak Chahar walked to the crease when Team India was in a spot of bother, having lost six wickets with just 160 runs on the board and needing another 116 runs for victory. The 28-year-old paced his innings to perfection to take the Shikhar Dhawan-led side across the line.
Aakash Chopra: Deepak Chahar Has Also Contributed With The Ball By Taking 2 Wickets
Aakash Chopra pointed out that Deepak Chahar had helped Team India to an unlikely win by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
“There is no difference in his saying and doing, he is the same guy. A match which seemed India cannot win, they won that match as well. Deepak Chahar snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. It was that kind of a victory.”
The 43-year-old signed off by stating that other than his match-defining knock, Deepak Chahar made a decent contribution with the ball as well.
“Of course, he took two wickets as well. He didn’t get wickets with the new ball, so what, but he has taken two wickets each in both the matches with the old ball. And here he played an extremely important knock and hit the winning the shot to win India not only the match but the series.”