Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is famous for his incredible grooming quality to the youngsters. Recently, the 28-year-old Deepak Chahar talked about his early experience with captain Dhoni.
Deepak Chahar is now one of the growing up pacer in Indian cricket. Before starting his IPL career for his present team Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he also served for now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) between 2016 and 2017, where MS Dhoni played the captaincy role in 2016 edition.
Though from the beginning of his professional career, the right-arm pacer Chahar is facing injury issues, he is still maintaining his good pace. Recently, he claimed that he earlier also maintained the good quality pace, but captain Dhoni still wasn’t sending him in the death overs.
In the show Aakash Vani, Chahar told the former Indian opener Aakash Chopra, “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.”
I groom players: MS Dhoni told Deepak Chahar
Chahar finally went to Dhoni to understand his position where the former Indian captain replied him in a very short way. While his bowling coach also felt the same thing as Chahar believes on himself, he again asked Dhoni where the wicket-keeper batsman had the simple answer that he groomed players.
Chahar said, “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.”
In his IPL career, Deepak Chahar has taken 33 wickets in 34 matches, including finishing with 22 wickets in 17 matches. Talking about Dhoni’s leadership quality, Chahar believes that his captain generally selects these players who are performing well in most of the roles.
Chahar added, “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 batch with a six or a four.
“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.”
After making his international debut in 2018, Deepak Chahar has played three ODIs and 10 T20Is where he has taken two and 17 wickets respectively. In the 2019 Nagpur T20I against Bangladesh, Chahar not only achieved the best ever bowling record in T20I cricket history (3.2-0-7-6), but he also became the first Indian men’s bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick.