India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Deepak Chahar says bowling on Chennai's flat wickets during IPL has improved his skills

In his opening spell of three overs, Chahar picked up the wicket of Reeza Hendricks before returning in the 18th over to remove a set Temba Bavuma with a slower ball

Press Trust of India, Sep 19, 2019 11:43:16 IST

Mohali: Most bowlers find it tough to contain batsmen in death overs but young India pacer Deepak Chahar relishes the challenge in the T20 format.

With India giving youngsters opportunities ahead of the World T20 next year, 27-year-old Chahar has impressed in the three games he has got since making his debut in July last year, taking six wickets at 11.50.

India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Deepak Chahar says bowling on Chennais flat wickets during IPL has improved his skills

Deepak Chahar celebrates the wicket of Reeza Hendricks during the second T20I against South Africa. AFP

Used to opening the bowling for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, Chahar has shown he can be equally effective in the Powerplay.

"I don't know how I developed it (bowling at the top) but you have to do it when you are playing for India. It is challenging with only two fielders outside the circle. But I have started thinking sub-consciously that I will need to bowl three overs with two fielders outside the circle," said Chahar, who was India's standout bowler in their seven-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday.

In his opening spell of three overs, Chahar swung the ball and picked up the wicket of Reeza Hendricks before returning in the 18th over to remove a set Temba Bavuma with a well-disguised slower ball.

"Earlier I used to bowl more in the death overs and found it easier because in the Powerplay, you have only two fielders outside the circle and after that, you have the protection of five fielders. You can use variation also in the death overs," he said.

Chahar said he focuses on outguessing the batsman.

"How I bowl depends on the batsmen. In the death overs, the batsmen are expecting yorkers or a slower ball but if you can also bowl a bouncer or knuckleball, it can surprise him. You to have to keep guessing the batsman," said the Rajasthan pacer.

He feels bowling on flat wickets in Chennai during the IPL has made him a better bowler.

"There is no off the wicket help when you are playing in Chennai. But when we were playing in Pune last to last year, there was help both off the wicket and in the air. But in Chennai, the swing is there for maximum one over as there is no grass. So, I got confidence that if I could do well there, I could do well elsewhere too," he said.

Chahar has grabbed his chances so far but knows he is far from cementing his place in the side ahead of the World T20 in Australia.

"There is one whole year left for that. I play each match as if it is my last for India. At this time Indian cricket is at the top. If you want to play you have to do well in almost every game. There is a lot of competition and maybe that is why Indian cricket is at the top."

"There is no guarantee that you will get your place back even if you are returning from an injury."

Talking about Virat Kohli's match-winning knock of 72 not out, Chahar was all praise. "He is just next level and all class," he said.

Updated Date: Sep 19, 2019 11:43:16 IST






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