IND vs SL: Deepak Chahar credits MS Dhoni for his swashbuckling innings in the 2nd ODI

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IND vs SL: After snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, pacer Deepak Chahar has revealed how watching “Captain Cool” finishing games has helped him in his stunning innings in Colombo on Tuesday.

“Watching MS Dhoni close out matches has been a big factor. I have watched him for a long period and I have always seen him finishing matches. When you talk to him, he always tells you to take the game deep. Everyone wants us to win, but when the match goes deep, it is thrilling for everyone involved,” he said during a virtual press conference.

Deepak was asked whether seen as a bowler who can bat well matters to him to which he replied tags don’t mean much to him & it is all about giving the batsman at the other end confidence to score well.

“I have always worked on my batting, my father has been my coach. When I talk to him, we always talk about my batting. It does not matter whether people see me as an all-rounder or not. The batsman who is playing alongside me will get confidence that I can hang around and will not give my wicket away. It is very important for a batsman to know that his partner will support him. It does not matter whether people see me as an all-rounder or not,” he pointed.

Rahul Chahar further said credited Rahul Dravid for keeping faith in him & helping him post a win in the second match of the ODI series. “Rahul Dravid is coaching the senior side for the first time, but he has been there with the ‘A’ side and I have played under his guidance and coaching,” Chahar said.

“There have been times that a situation has arisen of the batsmen being dismissed and me being out there in the middle. I have played good knocks for India ‘A’ and that is why Rahul sir has the confidence in me. It always helps you when the coach backs you. It is always there at the back of your mind that the coach backs you.

“When I was batting with Krunal, my role was different, I had to rotate the strike. When Bhuvneshwar came in, it was there in the back of my mind that do I need to play my shots? But the way he started, he was looking comfortable and it gave me confidence. His batting gave me the boost and I was not required to take the risks,” he said while replying to an ANI query during the press conference.

When Chahar was asked whether he aims at getting included in the T20 World Cup to be played in October-November in the UAE to which he replied,“World Cup is far away, I have just one target and it is to prove myself with both bat and ball.

“The selection is not in my hands, it is not in the hands of any player. We can just perform, I was looking for an opportunity to show my capability with the bat.

“For the past two years I did not get a chance to bat for a long period, so it was a good opportunity. I am happy I was able to make use of this chance.” said Chahar.

Chahar further said that receiving congratulatory messages from Captain Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri has brought a smile to his face. “After the last game, coaches congratulated me from England and even Virat bhai sent a congratulatory message. He told me ‘well played’, it obviously feels nice when such big players take note of your performance. It gives the balance to the side if you can come in at number eight and play well with the bat,” he said.

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