In an interaction with former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra, Indian Cricket Team pacer Deepak Chahar narrated a funny interaction he had with Rahul Dravid during the Sri Lanka tour in July. Rahul Dravid was the coach of the team during the entire series.
Deepak Chahar had a decent stint during the series. He played a pivotal role in claiming victory for the team in the second ODI of the three-match series, claiming two wickets and playing an unbeaten knock of 69 runs.
“When we reached Sri Lanka, Rahul (Dravid) sir first asked me about my age. I told him I am 28 and will turn 29 soon. So, he was like – ‘is it your original age or cricketer’s age?’. Then I told him that mine is original because my father was in the Air Force, so there was no way I could forge my age!” Chahar revealed narrating the interaction.
Chahar went on to speak about the coach and accredited him for his praiseworthy performance, which was the outcome of Dravid’s belief in his abilities.
“On a serious note, he (Dravid) also told me that I have 4-5 years of Test cricket left in me. Those words have stayed with me. He has always considered me as a Test bowler and has selected me for red-ball matches for India A. Whenever I have played under him, I have always performed well with both bat and ball. He knows my capability very well.”
The medium-pacer also gave credit to Dravid for helping him improve his batting skills massively.
“While playing matches for India A, it has often been the case that we have been 60 for 5 or so on in one-day matches. I have then come lower down the order and scored 60-70 runs on two-three occasions. Rahul sir has seen that, which is why he trusts my abilities.
“When I was batting in the nets in Sri Lanka, he told me that the only thing stopping me from becoming an all-rounder is not having the habit of taking singles. So I kept practising playing grounded strokes and hitting the ball for singles. Rahul sir has a lot of faith in my batting ability, that’s why he promoted me in Sri Lanka during the second ODI,” Deepak Chahar concluded.
Deepak Chahar has featured in 45 first-class matches and 48 List A games, in which he has claimed 126 and 62 wickets, respectively while also hitting two fifties in them. He has represented India in five ODIs and 14 Tests so far, claiming six wickets and 20 wickets in them, respectively. Chahar has been named as a travelling reserve in India’s ICC Men’s T20I World Cup squad.
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