Deepak Chahar has emerged as the heartthrob of Team India after his epic knock of an unbeaten 69 against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Colombo. Walking in at number eight with his side reeling under pressure at 193 – 7, the 28-year-old displayed patience and grit to take India over the line by three wickets. A lot of former India players and experts appreciated the knock of Chahar and hailed it as one of the best by lower-order batters.
Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad though revealed a shocking incident about Chahar, who was told to find another job by former India coach Greg Chappell. Prasad was referring to an old incident when Chappell was associated with the Rajasthan Cricket Academy as a director. He was appointed by former IPL chief Lalit Modi after he quit the role of head coach of India back in 2006-07.
“Deepak Chahar was rejected by Greg Chappell at RCA for his height and told to look at a different occupation. And he single handedly won a match with not even his primary skills,” Prasad tweeted.
The former India pacer further opined that one should always keep self-belief irrespective of the circumstances. “Moral of the story- Believe in yourself and don’t take overseas coaches too seriously,” said the 51-year-old Prasad who played 33 Tests with 96 wickets between 1996 and 2001.
People who know Chahar since his Rajasthan days see him as someone with a lot of potential with the bat. Chennai Super Kings’ skipper MS Dhoni even promoted him to number six against Punjab Kings in IPL 2018. He scored 39 to pull off an unlikely win. Rahul Dravid too watched him bat during the India A days and decided to promote him ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second ODI against Sri Lanka.
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