Stephen Fleming : Deepak Chahar Is The Best If There's Swing
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Stephen Fleming : Deepak Chahar Is One Of The Best When There’s Swing

Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI
Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI

Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings head coach has acknowledged that pacer Deepak Chahar is one of the best in the business when there is swing and movement.

Deepak Chahar proved his worth to CSK once again on Friday, claiming 4 for 13 as MS Dhoni’s men defeated the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets. After restricting PBKS to a mere 106 for 8, CSK chased down the target with 26 balls to spare.

Deepak Chahar stars as CSK outplay Punjab Kings | IPL / Sportzpics
Deepak Chahar stars as CSK outplay Punjab Kings | IPL / Sportzpics

Stephen Fleming Impressed With The Way Deepak Chahar Bounced Back After 1st Game

Speaking at a virtual press conference after CSK’s impressive win, Stephen Fleming hailed Deepak Chahar for his match-winning effort.

When asked to analyze the pacer’s performance, Stephen Fleming stated: “Really impressed with the way he bounced back after the first game. Without doubt, when Deepak gets a little bit of swing and a little bit of movement, he is one of the finest around. His ability to swing the ball is one. But his control and skill set is also very high. The key is keeping him simple in his plans and just operating in and around the stumps. He is very effective when the ball swings. Today was a great example of the skills he has. A great bounce back from a below par performance in the first game.”

File image of CSK coach Stephen Fleming | Sportzpics for BCCI / Saikat Das
File image of CSK coach Stephen Fleming | Sportzpics for BCCI / Saikat Das

Stephen Fleming also admitted that the toss was crucial, pointing out that conditions were not in CSK’s favor in the first game against the IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC), which the team lost by seven wickets.

Stephen Fleming elaborated: “We felt within ourselves that the conditions transpired against us with the drizzle and the dew (in the first game). We weren’t able to create any opportunities. So the challenge was laid down to the bowlers’ group as to how they were going to operate in today’s conditions. Winning the toss was important. There was some assistance there.”

Their pacers stood up and restricted CSK to 188 which the top-order chased down with 8 balls to spare. Prithvi Shaw scored a fine 72 off only 38 balls while Shikhar Dhawan scored 85 off 54 balls. The duo stitched a 138-run first-wicket stand. Earlier, CSK was in a stage of bother as they were reduced to 7/2 but comeback man Suresh Raina who scored 54, and Moeen Ali who scored 36 before Sam Curran’s explosive 34 ensured CSK finish at 188/7.

Among one of Deepak Chahar’s four wickets was the big one of the dangerous Chris Gayle (10), who was caught off a knuckleball. Stephen Fleming responded when asked if there were any specific plans against Chris Gayle. He said that the players had worked out tactics based on the conditions.

Stephen Fleming explained: “The players have been through a number of fields for Chris (Gayle) because he is such a dangerous player. The key thing to acknowledge was how the wicket was going to play and also if you win the toss (what would you do). We felt in our first game here, the wicket was a little sticky and offered a little bit to the bowlers. When we found that it was the case today, we had a few more attacking options. The first effort was to get Chris out lbw with a swinging ball. The other plans worked from there. It’s really the players working out things based on the conditions and the wicket.”

Chris Gayle- Pankaj Nangia / Sportzpics for BCCI
Chris Gayle- Pankaj Nangia / Sportzpics for BCCI

After Deepak Chahar’s 4 for 13 restricted PBKS to 106 for 8 in 20 overs, CSK chased down the target with ease, courtesy of Moeen Ali (46) and Faf du Plessis’ (36 not out) knocks.

Deepak Chahar’s remarkable four-wicket haul helped CSK restrict PBKS to 106/8 before they chased down the target with more than four overs to spare. Deepak Chahar castled Mayank Agarwal’s stumps in the very first over. He was back to bowl the fifth over and there was no stopping the right-arm seamer who struck twice in an over.

First, he dismissed Chris Gayle with a beautiful knuckle delivery after Ravindra Jadeja took a brilliant diving catch and later got Nicholas Pooran for a duck, with a short ball that was hit straight to the outfielder at fine leg.

PBKS were struggling at 26-4 at the end of the powerplay. While the CSK seamers were bowling tight lengths from one end, the CSK skipper decided to finish Deepak Chahar’s quota as the bowler scalped his 4th wicket of the innings after Deepak Hooda chipped it into the hands of Faf du Plessis at mid-off.

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 107/4 (Moeen Ali 46, Faf du Plessis 36*; Mohammad Shami 2/21) beat Punjab Kings 106/8 (Shahrukh Khan 47, Jhye Richardson 15; Deepak Chahar 4/13) by 6 wickets