Indian pacer Deepak Chahar, known to be one of the best bowlers, has been in and out of the team due to his injuries. Chahar has always been dealing with a hamstring strain and for the same reason has missed many important events. Chahar has not played competitive cricket since December 2023 and also missed the tour of South Africa and the T20I series against Afghanistan.
Chennai Super Kings is an eminent part of Deepak Chahar’s life. CSK has played the biggest role in preparing Chahar as a player and especially as a new bowler. He has been used as a star pacer by MS Dhoni and has also lived up to MSD’s expectations and has also provided the team with first wickets when required.
Apart from being a brilliant swinger, Deepak Chahar can also hit a long ball reaching number nine. One match that comes to mind was the ODI match against Sri Lanka when Chahar smashed a brilliant half-century to take India to the finish line.
The inclusion of Shardul Thakur will also strengthen CSK’s lower order as they will have batting talent up to number nine. Talking about his batting skills during a public interaction in Chennai, Deepak Chahar stated that the only time MS Dhoni batted over him was in 2018. Chahar stated that he scored some runs and the team was able to win the match. . Chahar claimed that he has been good for the team as they have not needed batting from him so far.
Deepak Chahar on his batting skills
Deepak Chahar said (quoted by ESPNCricinfo), “That was the only game in which Mahi bhai [Dhoni] He hit me before him and I scored some runs in that game. And we won that game. It’s been good for the team because we haven’t needed my hitting. Mahi bhai himself bats at number 8 and I bat at number 9 and you know that gives a lot of balance to the team and seeing the batsmen before us having this. [depth].”
Chennai Super Kings have included New Zealand players like Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra, who are particularly decent players against spin, in the squad ahead of IPL 2024. Also, Shardul Thakur’s return will add an extra headache for MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming. Establish team balance.
Reflecting on the same, Deepak Chahar stated that we had a brilliant auction and now MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming will have trouble balancing the team. Chahar stated that the team will have many combinations to play with and it will be MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming who will decide the team’s lineup.
He said: “We had a very good auction and I also said recently that we have such a good balance that Mahi bhai and Fleming will struggle to make the combinations. We will have many combinations to play with, so they are the ones who will decide. It is a challenge for them to choose the combination for the 22nd. [March].”
Deepak Chahar and MS Dhoni have been associated since 2016, when he was picked for the Rising Pune Supergiants.