Deepak Chahar T20 Debut
Deepak Chahar witnessed the biggest moment in his life on the 8th of July 2018. While he was selected in the Indian Team for the T20 series against England in England, owing to India’s great team combination and the fact that hardly anyone was out of form, the chance of Deepak Chahar making it to the playing XI was more than negative.
But as destiny always has it’s way, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar picked up a slight niggle and Deepak Chahar finally got his opportunity to make his T20 debut. The Indian Captain Virat Kohli seemed to be quite impressed by Deepak Chahar and expressed that he felt the all-rounder is a bit like Bhuvi who can extract a lot of lateral movement.
Deepak Chahar T20 Debut- 1st Over
Hardly anyone gets to bowl the first over while on debut, but Deepak Chahar did. He went for 13 in his first over though as he was in front of an in-form Jos Butler on a pitch which was beautiful for batting.
Deepak Chahar T20 Debut- 2nd Over
While his first taste of International Cricket was quite expensive from a bowlers point of view, he only gave away 5 runs in his second over. He bowled well and he also deceived Jos Butler on one of the occasions.
Deepak Chahar First International Wicket- Jason Roy
While the all-rounder came in to bowl his third over, there was no ‘Butler’ in the house but Jason Roy was smoking to all parts of the ground. He hit Deepak Chahar for a huge six of the first ball and youngster was under pressure or was he? He came back strongly as he continued to bowl at the good length area while Roy knicked one to the wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves. Interestingly, it also happened to be Dhoni’s 50th catch in T20 International Cricket.
Deepak Chahar T20 Debut -4th Over
In all fairness, when Chahar came in to bowl his 4th, India had the momentum as Hardik Pandya just removed 2 powerful hitters in the form on Eion Morgan and Alex Hales in the previous over. Having said that, it was still the 15th over of the game with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow still at the crease so it wasn’t easy for the young Chahar. He eventually went for 10 runs in his final over. It seemed like a decent over until Bairstow managed to connect one which went straight out of the park.
All in all, Deepak Chahar finished with figures of 4-43-1 in his quota of 4 overs. These figures might not be the most beautiful to look at, but considering almost every Indian Bowler was smashed on the batting paradise or a bowler’s graveyard rather, it certainly wasn’t a debut to forget for the young man. With all due respect to the fast and furious Umesh Yadav who was in red-hot form, even his figures read- 4-48-1.
The English Team had finished their innings at a whopping 198-9 which proved to be way too less a challenge for a strong Indian batting lineup. Mostly all the English bowlers barring Ben Stokes who only bowled 2 overs and the spinner, Adil Rashid, everyone had worse figures than Deepak Chahar. He still had plenty of positives to take and would only come back stronger with what he experienced against England at Bristol.