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The 27-year-old Indian pacer Deepak Chahar, who hasn’t played a recognised cricket match since last December, believes that the IPL can be the perfect process to resume the game, which has been stopped since last March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, he has also suggested a proper camp before organising an IPL tournament.
Due to the stress fracture, Deepak Chahar has missed out the game since last December. He needed a reasonable time of around three to four months to recover completely, and when he got completely fit, the lockdown was going on due to the pandemic.
While most of the governments are eyeing to resume the stopped life safely, the Indian government is also in the process to ease the lockdown. Now the cricketers are focusing on resuming the game as soon as possible. But while they are away from the game since last March, it will take some time to get ready for the match.
We do need a proper camp before the IPL starts: Deepak Chahar
Talking about the beginning process of the game, Chahar believes that the IPL tournament is the best option as the more body load requires for the ODI or Test cricket. However, he also believes that a proper camp will need for the preparation before beginning the IPL tournament.
The present Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer Chahar told IANS, “We will need to slowly get back into the system and I believe that IPL could be the perfect vehicle for us to return to cricketing action. It helps that we have a lot of games and that gets you into the rhythm. If you make a player play an ODI or Test immediately after the break, the body might break down due to the load. Like when you hit the gym, you don’t do a 100kg bench press to start with.”
“Similarly, playing the IPL will help not just the bowlers, but all cricketers as the level of competition you get here is top-class. But we do need a proper camp before the IPL starts so that we can get back into the groove after this phase away from the game.”
IPL 2020 was initially scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced to postpone this tournament for the indefinite period. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still hopeful to organise the IPL 2020 in a new window, they haven’t taken any decision yet.
I feel white-ball cricket won’t get too affected by the saliva ban: Deepak Chahar
During the recent chat, Chahar also gave his view on the latest proposal of saliva ban. While Chahar believes that the limited-overs cricket will not be affected very much due to the ban of saliva, it will affect the red-ball cricket, especially outside the Indian soil. He also pointed out the challenge to not use saliva on the balls while it is the second-nature when the balls come in hands.
Chahar claimed, “I feel white-ball cricket won’t get too affected by the saliva ban because even though we keep shining it, the ball does stop swinging after a bit. In red-ball cricket, things will be a little difficult and more so when we are playing outside India. I think in white-ball cricket it will not matter that much, but the challenge here will be remaining conscious because it is second-nature to use saliva when you have the ball in hand.”
After making his international debut in July 2018, Deepak Chahar has played three ODIs and 10 T20Is where the right-arm pacer has taken two and 17 wickets respectively. Apart from becoming the first Indian to claim a T20I hat-trick, Chahar is also holding the record of best bowling figures in T20I innings (6/7).