Deepak Chahar, the pacer of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has revealed skipper M.S. Dhoni prefers players who can contribute in all departments, especially in the shortest format of the game. MS Dhoni has been one of the most successful leaders in white-ball cricket and had announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th August 2020 but will continue playing and captaining CSK.
Indian pacer Deepak Chahar was one of the top performers of CSK with 22 wickets in 17 matches averaging 21.9 in the previous season. CSK won their IPL opener against Mumbai Indians by five wickets as Deepak Chahar bagged two wickets. He has picked up 35 wickets from as many matches so far averaging 25.91.
Deepak Chahar Says Skipper MS Dhoni Prefers All-rounders
Chennai Super Kings were shocked when Deepak Chahar and Rituraj Gaekwad tested positive after arriving in UAE. To add to their dismay, Suresh Raina, their leading run-scorer and veteran Harbhajan Singh who has 150 wickets and placed 4th in leading wicket-takers list opted out of IPL.
But they still have several Indian players and overseas recruits to make up for the loss. Deepak Chahar, however, played the first game after being re-tested negative.
“I think Dhoni prefers those who are good in all departments. He likes those who can contribute in batting, bowling and fielding. A bowler can have a bad day but he can change a match by grabbing a good catch or can win the match with a six or a four,” Chahar told former India opener Aakash Chopra in his show ‘Aakash Vaani’.
“If you look at our team, we have many players who are good in every department. T20 is a format that requires you to do everything. There are a lot of teams in the IPL which have a strong batting line-up or a strong bowling attack but they remain dependent on a few cricketers. If they do well, they end up winning you matches single-handedly but if they don’t, the team struggles,” Chahar said.
They won the opening game after the fifties by Ambati Rayudu and Faf Du Plessis. Dwayne Bravo, their star all-rounder is also injured and ruled out for a couple of matches but Sam Curran who was part of their playing XI in the first match performed well with both bat and ball. CSK have plenty of all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson and Sam Curran in their ranks.
Deepak Chahar Was Not Given The Ball To Bowl Death Overs By MS Dhoni In Both RPS And CSK
It was former India captain MS Dhoni who got Deepak Chahar into now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2016 before also drafting him into three-time winners CSK.
“Generally you don’t give the old ball to bowlers who have pace of 120-125 km/h but when I was playing for RPS and even for CSK I was bowling at around 140 but still he didn’t give me the ball in the death,” Chahar said, throwing light on his initial journey under Dhoni, regarded as one of the greatest white-ball captains of all time.
“I had asked this to Mahi bhai. He gave me a two-word answer and then I couldn’t say much. So I asked the bowling coach a couple of times, he also said I should be bowled in the death overs. Finally, I gathered some courage and asked Mahi bhai when he was sitting in a room. He said, ‘I groom players’ and that’s it. He didn’t say anything else,” Chahar concluded.
Deepak Chahar,28, has featured in only two ODIs and seven T20Is for India but has already picked up India’s first hat-trick in T20Is and registered best bowling figures ever in T20Is picking up six wickets conceding seven runs.
He played for Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 and 2017 when Chennai Super Kings were banned for involvement in the spot-fixing case.