The Chennai Super Kings have made a successful return to the Indian Premier League fold after serving out a two-year suspension as MS Dhoni’s side find themselves at the top of the points table after 8 rounds of matches. CSK have won 6 out of their first 8 matches in the tournament and are one of the favourites to win their IPL title. One of the key reasons behind the franchise’s success has been the steady powerplay bowling of young pacer Deepak Chahar IPL 2018 who has been impressive with his swing bowling in early stages of the season.
Here, we list 10 things you should know about Chennai Super Kings star IPL Deepak Chahar:
1. Humble beginnings
Deepak Lokandersingh Chahar was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on August 7, 1992. He is the son of an Air Force employee who gave up his job to facilitate his son’s cricket career. Deepak Chahar IPL 2018 made an early start to his career and took to tape ball cricket as young kid in his local neighbourhood matches.
2. Cricket in his blood
IPL Deepak Chahar’s brother, Rahul Chahar, is also a state player and a new member for the Rajasthan team in the Indian domestic circuit. Unlike Deepak Chahar CSK, Rahul is a leg-spinner who is known to have a deceptive googly in his armoury which he mixes up with his stock leg break delivery.
3. Picked up 8 wickets on his First-Class debut
At just 18 years of age, Deepak Chahar Chennai Super Kings made a dream start to his first-class career in the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season where he dismantled a strong Hyderabad side at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium and came out with figures of 8 wickets while conceding only 10 runs. Hyderabad were bundled out for 21 runs which is the lowest total ever in the history of the tournament. In the same season, Deepak Chahar IPL 2018 carried Rajasthan to their first ever Ranji title with 30 wickets at an average of 19.63.
4. Highest wicket-taker in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018
The 25-year-old swing bowler emerged as the highest wicket-taker in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s domestic T20 competition. Chahar picked up 19 wickets in his 9 outings in the tournament and was instrumental in Rajasthan’s run to the final. His tally also included an impressive 5-wicket haul against a heavyweight Karnataka side.
5. Victim of several false dawns
After a dream start to his first-class career, Chahar was signed up by the Rajasthan Royals in 2011, but a spate of injuries and illnesses saw him fade away. Such has been his run in with injuries in the past that once, during a practice match, Hrishikesh Kanitkar drove a ball back to him, Chahar stretched his hand out instinctively and earned a split webbing for his trouble.
Later, he was signed up Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and was even developing a knuckle ball when injury ruled him out of contention. After being seen as a first-choice pick, he played only five matches for Pune in 2016 and 2017 and took one solitary wicket.
In October 2017, he was initially named in the Board President’s XI squad for the warm-up games against the visiting New Zealand side, only for the BCCI to fix the “inadvertent” error and pick his brother Rahul Chahar instead.
6. Was replaced in the Rising Pune squad by his brother Rahul after injury
After playing 3 matches in the 2017 edition of IPL for Rising Pune Supergiant under Steve Smith’s captaincy, Deepak Chahar was ruled out of the tournament with an injury and was replaced by his younger brother Rahul Chahar in the franchise’s playing XI.
7. Rejected by Greg Chappell in 2008
Appearing for trials as a 16-year-old at Rajasthan’s cricket academy in 2008, Deepak Chahar was rejected by none other than Greg Chappell as the former India coach was the director of Rajasthan Cricket Association’s cricket academy back then. He roared back in style just over two years later as he picked up 8 wickets on his Ranji Trophy debut against Hyderabad in 2010.
8. Yet another testament to MS Dhoni’s eye for talent
Right from the very beginning of the Indian Premier League in 2008, MS Dhoni has been known to prefer bowlers who can swing the ball in the powerplay overs and get him wickets early on. After the success of Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma in the past, Deepak Chahar has become the latest uncapped Indian bowler to deliver for Chennai Super Kings. While all the above-mentioned names had good out-swingers, Chahar can move the ball both ways and has also developed a knuckle ball.
9. Been a part of Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supegiant in the past
While many cricket fans might confuse IPL 2018 to be Chahar’s maiden essay in the tournament, he has previously also been on the roster of Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiant, having played a meager 5 games in the last few years. During this time, he could only manage a solitary wicket in the IPL.
10. Picked up for INR 80 lakh at the IPL auction
With coach Stephen Fleming and captain MS Dhoni well aware of Chahar’s ability and skill-set from the trio’s time together at Rising Pune Supergiant, Chennai Super Kings were the first team to show an interest in the 25-year-old fast bowler at the IPL players auction in January. Rising from a base price of INR 20 lakh, CSK had to fend off interest from Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils to have Chahar onboard for a price of INR 80 lakh.