IND vs SL: Deepak Chahar thanks MS Dhoni for batting heroics, says ‘Watching Dhoni close out matches big factor’: Former India skipper MS Dhoni has inspired a generation of cricketers, especially with his prowess of finishing out matches not just for India but also in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). If his statemate Ishan Kishan has adapted his style too, his other teammate Deepak Chahar has watched Dhoni closely from the dugouts and applied that in the match against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI as India snatched victory away from the jaws of defeat in the last over. It was coach Rahul Dravid’s idea to promote him a place and he repaid the faith.
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Deepak Chahar said it was watching MS Dhoni from the close quarters that helped him plan his innings in Colombo on Tuesday.
“Watching MS Dhoni close out matches has been a big factor. I have watched him for a long period and I have always seen him finishing matches. When you talk to him, he always tells you to take the game deep. Everyone wants us to win, but when the match goes deep, it is thrilling for everyone involved,” Deepak Chahar said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
IND vs SL: Deepak Chahar thanks MS Dhoni for batting heroics, says ‘Watching Dhoni close out matches big factor’
It is not just Deepak Chahar though, in the past, another Chennai Super Kings cricketer Sam Curran revealed how watching MS Dhoni helped him do well with the bat.
But for Deepak Chahar, tags such as bowling all-rounder don’t mean much and it is all about giving the batsman at the other end confidence.
“I have always worked on my batting, my father has been my coach. When I talk to him, we always talk about my batting. It does not matter whether people see me as an all-rounder or not. The batsman who is playing alongside me, will get confidence that I can hang around and will not give my wicket away. It is very important for a batsman to know that his partner will support him. It does not matter whether people see me as an all-rounder or not,” he pointed.
Chahar further said how coach Rahul Dravid belief in him further helped him script the win in the second game of the ODI series.
“Rahul Dravid is coaching the senior side for the first time, but he has been there with the A side and I have played under his guidance and coaching. There have been times that a situation has arisen of the batsmen being dismissed and me being out there in the middle. I have played good knocks for India A and that is why Rahul sir has the confidence in me. It always helps you when the coach backs you. It is always there at the back of your mind that the coach backs you,” Deepak Chahar revealed.
“When I was batting with Krunal, my role was different, I had to rotate the strike. When Bhuvneshwar came in, it was there in the back of my mind that do I need to play my shots? But the way he started, he was looking comfortable and it gave me confidence. His batting gave me the boost and I was not required to take the risks,” the Chennai Super Kings bowler said during the press conference.
Asked if he has an eye on the T20 World Cup to be played in October-November in the UAE, he said: “World Cup is far away, I have just one target and it is to prove myself with both bat and ball. The selection is not in my hands, it is not in the hands of any player. We can just perform, I was looking for an opportunity to show my capability with the bat. For the past two years, I did not get a chance to bat for a long period, so it was a good opportunity. I am happy I was able to make use of this chance.”
Messages from the squad in England also brought a smile to Chahar’s face as skipper Virat Kohli congratulated him for playing well. “After the last game, coaches congratulated me from England and even Virat bhai sent a congratulatory message. He told me well played, it obviously feels nice when such big players take note of your performance. It gives the balance to the side if you can come in at number eight and play well with the bat,” he said.