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Sunil Gavaskar Reckons There Wasn’t Any Need For Deepak Chahar To Play The Slog Shot Which Cost India The 3rd ODI

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar

Sunil Gavaskar said that Deepak Chahar could have opted to knock off the remaining runs in singles and that there was no need to play the big shot while reacting to the outcome of the match and Deepak Chahar’s untimely slog.

Former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar added that having batted so splendidly to bring India to the brink of a victory, Deepak Chahar perhaps got carried away as he skied Proteas pacer Lungi Ngidi to Dwaine Pretorius which eventually cost India the inconsequential 3rd ODI match.

Sunil Gavaskar reacts to Deepak Chahar's slog that led to his dismissal. (Gett/AP)
Sunil Gavaskar reacts to Deepak Chahar’s slog that led to his dismissal. (Gett/AP)

Sunil Gavaskar Reckons There Wasn’t Any Need For Deepak Chahar To Play The Shot Which Cost India The 3rd ODI

The third ODI between India and South Africa proved to be a heartbreak for the Men in Blue as KL Rahul and Co came close to a win, only to lose the match narrowly by a mere four runs. At one stage, victory seemed to be in India’s grasp with Deepak Chahar batting on a well-set 50 and the team requiring 10 runs off the final three overs.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

But just when it seemed that India would end the tour on a winning note, Deepak Chahar, trying to clear the in-field, perished to a hoick and South Africa broke through the door to make it 3-0.

“The way the last 10 overs were turning out, it seemed as if South Africa would find it tough to win. But the way they kept their composure. The pressure was on them after Lungi Ngidi conceded a few runs. But after that, some of the shots we saw, maybe you could say… ‘what was the hurry? Deepak Chahar played such a wonderful innings, had almost pulled the match.

“We needed just 10 runs and some 18 balls were left. You could have taken singles and won the game. At that time, what was the need to play the big shot?” Gavaskar said.

While he did not criticize seam all-rounder Deepak Chahar, Sunil Gavaskar did point out a ‘thinking’ that has started to plague Indian cricket. The need to finish a match with a glory shot, says Sunil Gavaskar, has crept in the minds of players due to the game’s popularity being on a constant high with the advent of T20 cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar Didn’t Find Fault With Deepak Chahar’s Innings But Criticizes Thinking Mindset To Finish Game With A Boundary Or A Maximum

The glamour, the exposure and the temptation to be a hero is what Sunil Gavaskar feels is impacting the cricketers, which he explained was responsible behind Deepak Chahar’s outrageous shot.

“I am not faulting him. I am just saying that today the thinking is such that if you have to achieve win, you do it only through fours and sixes. Not through singles. And because of this, the match which was in India’s hands, slipped out of it,” added Gavaskar.

Deepak Chahar gets emotional after whirlwind fifty goes in vain against South Africa in 3rd ODI, see pic
India’s Deepak Chahar is distraught after being dismissed in the third ODI against South Africa. (Source: Twitter)

“I am not criticising. I am just questioning this thinking that has crept into the minds of people. If you win by taking singles, people won’t say a thing. But if you hit fours, they’ll say ‘look, he hit a boundary to win the match. Look, he hit a six to win the match.’ The urge to hear these cheers is why no one wants to take singles and win the match.”

Deepak Chahar played a brilliant knock of 54 in 34 balls to give India hope. However, in the end, he failed to take India over the line. Half-centuries by Virat Kohli (65), Shikhar Dhawan (61), and Deepak Chahar (54) went in vain as India suffered a heartbreaking four-run loss against South Africa in the third and final ODI at Newlands, Cape Town.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a brilliant century for South Africa to help them post a challenging total on the scoreboard. Quinton de Kock made 124 off 130 balls to lift his team from 70 for three. He teamed up with Rassie van der Dussen (52) in a fourth-wicket stand of 144.

South Africa 287 (de Kock 124, van der Dussen 52, Prasidh 3-59) beat India 283 (Kohli 65, Dhawan 61, Chahar 54, Phehlukwayo 3-40, Ngidi 3-58) by four runs

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