If anyone credits for the victory in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, it is Deepak Chahar. From former cricketers to cricket fans on social media, Deepak is praising him. It should be so, as fast bowling specialist Deepak Chahar took two wickets in the first bowling, then after losing 7 wickets for 193 runs, he became a savior by playing an unbeaten 69 for the struggling team India. He was adjudged man of the match.
Greg was once rejected
Today, even though the whole world is saluting Deepak, but there was a time when he was even told that he could not become a cricketer. After India’s victory, former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad tweeted and reminded him of that incident. In fact, in 2008, Greg Chappell was the director of the Rajasthan Cricket Association Academy. Deepak, who returned home to play an under-19 tournament in Australia, was rejected by Greg. Just then did Deepak take this matter of Chappell to his heart.
Wasn’t even selected in the last-50
Recalling that moment, Deepak had said in an interview that he (Greg Chappell) did not even pick me in the last 50 of Rajasthan. He told me that he doesn’t think I can play cricket at a high level. I felt very bad about this. That was the one day in my entire career when I felt like crying. Although it was good that I was sent home, because after that I worked hard and within two years I was playing Ranji Trophy for Rajasthan.
This is how Dhoni changed his destiny
Deepak believes that his change came in the 2019 IPL. He always knew how to swing the red ball but in 2018 due to the absence of Dwayne Bravo, Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave him additional responsibility in the powerplay and death overs. This was the turning point. He learned to bowl even when conditions were not favorable for swing.
About Deepak Chahar
Born on 7 August 1992 in Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, Deepak is recognized as a swing bowler. He proves to be extremely lethal on even the slightest helpful pitch. Deepak first came into the limelight in November 2010. He played the first first class match of his career for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy against Hyderabad. On the very first day itself, 8 wickets for 10 runs in 7.3 overs were taken, due to which the Hyderabad team was reduced to 21 runs.
Deepak Chahar-Greg Chappell Story: When ‘Hero’ Deepak Chahar was rejected by Greg Chappell, he said – you will not be able to become an international cricketer