About Deepak Chahar
Deepak Lokendrasingh Chahar (born 7 August 1992) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right hand medium-pace bowler and lower-order batsman, who plays for Rajasthan in domestic cricket and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He became the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in a Twenty20 International. He is the younger brother of Bollywood model Malti Chahar and elder brother of cricketer Rahul Chahar. In January 2020, Chahar was awarded with the T20I Performance of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC), after taking six wickets for seven runs against Bangladesh.
Early life and family
Chahar was born in 1992 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Lokendra is retired from the Indian Air Force. He was raised alongside his cousin, fellow cricketer Rahul Chahar who is sometimes referred to as his brother.
He picked up figures of 8/10 on his first-class debut against Hyderabad at Jaipur in the first game of the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season. Hyderabad were bundled out for 21 runs which is the lowest total ever in Ranji Trophy history. Chahar’s impressive swing bowling soon earned him a youth contract with Rajasthan Royals.
In October 2016, he worked with International cricket coaches Ian Pont and Catherine Dalton in Jaipur as part of Rajasthan Cricket’s development camp. It was here he made significant improvements to his confidence and control, which has led him to becoming a great Power Play specialist.
In May 2018, he was named in India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the series against England. He made his T20I debut for India on 8 July 2018.In his debut match against England he dismissed Jason Roy. He was also the second bowler after Siddarth Kaul to make his debut in this UK tour. He made his One Day International debut for India against Afghanistan on 25 September 2018 during 2018 Asia Cup.
He was selected on 21 July 2019 in the T20 squad for India against the West Indies commencing 3 August. He played against West Indies in the final match of the series and won the player of the match award with figure of 3/4.
He was subsequently selected for the three-match T20I series against Bangaldesh. He played a prominent role in winning the series against Bangladesh in the final match. He took the best bowling figures in T20Is, with six wickets for seven runs from 3.2 overs. He also took the first hat-trick by a bowler for India and his first five-wicket haul in T20Is. He won the Player of the match award for the final match and also the Player of the series award.
Batting and fielding averages
|ODI debut||Afghanistan v India at Dubai (DSC), Sep 25, 2018 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v West Indies at Visakhapatnam, Dec 18, 2019 scorecard|
|ODI statistics||– Statsguru ODI analysis – Player analysis menu/filter ODI match list -Batting career summary Batting innings list High scores Batting series averages -Bowling career summary Bowling innings list Best innings bowling Bowling series averages -Fielding career summary Fielding innings list Fielding series statistics|
|T20I debut||England v India at Bristol, Jul 8, 2018 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v India at Sydney, Dec 8, 2020 scorecard|
|T20I statistics||– Statsguru T20I analysis – Player analysis menu/filter T20I match list -Batting career summary Batting innings list High scores Batting series averages -Bowling career summary Bowling innings list Best innings bowling Bowling series averages -Fielding career summary Fielding innings list Fielding series statistics|
|First-class debut||Rajasthan v Hyderabad (India) at Jaipur, Nov 1-3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Karnataka v Rajasthan at Bengaluru, Jan 15-18, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Indore, Feb 10, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v West Indies at Visakhapatnam, Dec 18, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Jaipur, Oct 25, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Rajasthan v Saurashtra at Indore, Jan 19, 2021 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2*, 0/36||Rajasthan||v Saurashtra||Indore||19 Jan 2021||T20|
|1/29||Rajasthan||v Services||Indore||15 Jan 2021||T20|
|6, 0/40||Rajasthan||v M. Pradesh||Indore||13 Jan 2021||T20|
|3/10, 10||Rajasthan||v Vidarbha||Indore||11 Jan 2021||T20|
|0/34, 0*||India||v Australia||Sydney||8 Dec 2020||T20I # 1116|
|0/48||India||v Australia||Sydney||6 Dec 2020||T20I # 1115|
|0*, 1/29||India||v Australia||Canberra||4 Dec 2020||T20I # 1114|
|0/30||Super Kings||v Kings XI||Abu Dhabi||1 Nov 2020||T20|
|0/31||Super Kings||v KKR||Dubai (DSC)||29 Oct 2020||T20|
|2/31||Super Kings||v RCB||Dubai (DSC)||25 Oct 2020||T20|
Some lesser known facts about Deepak Chahar
Rejection at 16, prodigy at 18 and oblivion at 24. It has been the story of Deepak Chahar so far. Back in 2008, when Greg Chappell was the director of the Rajasthan Cricket Academy, he had snubbed Deepak’s abilities as a young fast bowler. Then he came storming into recognition by picking up 8 wickets in his debut innings and thus routing Hyderabad for 21, the lowest ever total in Indian domestic cricket.
However, the wings to his career have never attained full flight as he has been plagued by persistent injuries. Add to that his woes with the old ball and thus India would feel robbed of someone who could have achieved so much more. In six years of first-class cricket he has accounted for 105 wickets in 35 games at a not-to-be-noted average of 35.17. Even in the IPL, he had been a notable absentee despite being a part of Rajasthan Royals. In 2016, he got picked by the temporary franchise Rising Pune Supergiants whom he represented for two seasons.
The 2016 and 2017 seasons in the IPL weren’t great for Chahar either although he did show flashes of his potential. At the domestic circuit, he was delivering the goods on a consistent basis but it requires performances in high profile tournaments like the IPL for the world to take notice. Plus the competition levels are much higher which definitely tests the cricketer in a big way. Chahar worked harder on his game and his stupendous success in the 2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy (the main T20 domestic tournament in India) made him stake a claim at the IPL auctions where he got snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings.
Although not an extremely fast bowler, Chahar can clock fairly impressive speeds, mostly between 135-140 kph and has the repertoire to be a good white-ball bowler. Apart from his pace bowling, he can also wield the long handle to produce cameos if required. All this makes him a good package and he was keen to have a breakthrough season sooner than later as he aims to make it into the national team. That came in the 2018 and 2019 seasons where he became Chennai’s pace spearhead, bowling lovely new-ball spells and gradually honing his old-ball skills too.
Not surprisingly, a call-up to the national side was round the corner for Chahar and to fast-track the proceedings, the selectors included him in the India A squad for the Tri-series involving Windies A and England Lions. The pacer carried his IPL form and picked up 10 wickets, thereby emerging as the leading wicket-taker for India A. Jasprit Bumrah’s injury meant that Chahar was elevated to the Indian T20I side and he eventually made his debut in the 3rd game of the series. Chahar had a not-so-memorable outing with figures – 1 for 44 in his 4 overs. If he can stay fit, there is no doubt that Chahar will be one of India’s bowling mainstays in white-ball cricket in the years to come.
- He is a right-hand batsman and a medium pace bowler.
- He is a good swinger who can throw the ball at a speed of 140 km per hour.
- At the age of 10, his father brought him to Zila Cricket Academy in Jaipur and introduced him to his coach Navendu Tyagi.
- His father resigned his own job to pay full attention to Deepak’s cricket career and used to ride with him on a bike from Surat to Hanumangarh to make him practice six hours daily at the cricket academy of the town.
- In 2008, he was rejected to play in the state-level by the former director of Rajasthan Cricket Association Academy Greg Chappell who said that he couldn’t play cricket on a higher level.
- On 25 October 2010, his T20 debut was Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Jaipur.
- In November 2010, he made his first-class debut (Rajasthan v Hyderabad) at Jaipur.
- On 10 February 2010, he has made his List A debut (Rajasthan v Vidarbha) at Indore.
- He has grabbed 21 wickets in 4 under-19 matches (Cooch Behar Trophy and Vinoo Mankad trophy).
- In his 40 first-class matches, he has scored 883 runs at the average of 18.39 with 113 wickets (average- 36.44).
- In his 9 List A matches, he has hit only 47 runs (average- 7.83) including 14 wickets (average- 25.42).
- His total score in 25 T20 matches is 98 (average- 9.80) with 29 wickets (average- 22.34).
- He got 5 wickets for 15 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is one of the best performances of his career.
- From 2011 to 2014, he suffered from different types of injuries and ailments that affected his cricket career badly.
- In January 2018, he was selected by Chennai Super Kings at ₹80 lakh to play in the Indian Premier League.
- He doesn’t eat fast food and likes to eat the meal cooked by his father who (according to Deepak) is his real coach and inspiration.
- In November 2019, he claimed two hat-tricks in three days during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Deepak Chahar looks more comfortable in the shorter format of the game and his performance in the IPL is proof of this. He plays a pivotal role as the Chennai Super Kings principle fast bowler.
- He made his debut for the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise back in 2016.
- Deepak has been a part of CSK since 2018 and has picked up 32 wickets in 29 matches.
- He won his first Man of the Match award against KKR in 2019 for a splendid 3-20.
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