Easy to bowl in death overs: Deepak Chahar

Right from his Chennai Super Kings days, Deepak Chahar has had the unique knack on keeping the batsman in check in the powerplay overs and when summoned in the death overs, repeat the process again.

It was no different against South Africa in the 2nd T20I at Mohali too. Chahar bowled three overs up front giving away just 19 runs and took the wicket of Reeza Hendricks and then bowled the in the death – 18th over – and removed the well-set Temba Bavuma, conceding only three runs. He finished with figures of 4-0-22-2, as India restricted South Africa to 149, which was eventually chased down with ease – riding on skipper Virat Kohli‘s unbeaten 72 off 52 balls – by seven wickets.

Yet, it is the death overs that Chahar finds ‘easy’ to bowl.

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“I find it easy to bowl death overs because, in the powerplay, you only get two fielders outside the circle. However, after the powerplay, you get five fielders outside. Therefore, I find it easy to bowl death overs,” he said during a post-match press conference.

In only his thirs T20I, and fourth overall India appearence, Chahar showed immesne maturity against, especially against someone Quinton de Kock’s calibre and he credited the IPL for his confidence at this level.

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“Whenever you do good in a match, you get confidence. And the confidence I got from IPL, it benefitted me,” said Chahar, who had a stellar IPL 2019 returning 22 wickets at 21.90. His economy was also impressive at 7.47 and his strike-rate with the ball was an enviable 17.59.

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With India set on course for building the squad for the T20 World Cup, Chahar’s exploits so far makes him a prime candidate, but the 27-year-old is not thinking too far ahead of himself.

“It is still one year for the World Cup and I do not think far too ahead. I take every match as my last match. At this time, Indian cricket is at the top and if you want to find a spot, you will have to do very good and that too, in every match because there is a lot of competition,” he added.