India pacer Deepak Chahar was targeting return to competitive cricket through IPL having aggravated his back injury in December last year. However, the coronavirus induced forced-break has given him more time to work to recover and focus on his fitness.

Chahar is learning new tricks and looking forward to bowling again.

I am looking forward to bowling again. For now, the idea is to stay fit,” the 27-year-old told Chennai Super Kings in an interview. “When things are not in your control, there is little you can do. So, I focus on what I can do during that time. I am trying to learn new things, focus on my fitness – as you know I was injured and getting back. This gives me more time to recover.”

Chahar took 6/7 against Bangladesh last year, including a hat-trick, to set the record for the best bowling figures in a T20I. He has so far played three ODIs and 10 T20Is, taking 19 wickets combined.

Chahar, who represents CSK, admits had the IPL started as per its original schedule, he would have missed few matches. “Had the IPL season started on time, I would have missed the first few matches,” he said.

With life coming to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chahar has advised everyone to keep a positive mindset and try learning something new. “It is obviously a difficult time for all of us, everything coming to a standstill. Loss of business and jobs, especially for daily wage workers. Be safe, learn something new now that you have time. Stay positive, stay in the time,” he said.