Shastri lauds Chahar after his impressive spell against PBKS
India’s chief coach Ravi Shastri reserved the highest respect for Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar after he registered impressive bowling figures of 4/13 in his quota of 4 overs against Punjab Kings on Friday. He also bowled 1 maiden over to his name.
The right-arm seamer got rid of Punjab Kings opener Mayank Agarwal for a duck in the first over. Chahar shattered Mayank’s stumps. Chahar went on to dismiss the ferocious Chris Gayle in the fifth over of the game.
Just two balls later, Chahar took the wicket of West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran and then dismissed Deepak Hooda for 10 in the 7th over. Chahar’s world-class bowling performance restricted Punjab Kings to a paltry total of 106/8 in 20 overs.
Shastri’s tweet on Chahar
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri heaped praise on the pacer for his superb variations in the game. “Proven fact. Genuine swing both ways with control can undo the best. Super variations. Brilliant @deepak_chahar9 #CSKvsPBKS @IPL #IPL2021,” Shastri tweeted.
“I think it was more seam than swing and we bowled in the right areas. Last year was difficult for all of us. I had Covid, was in quarantine for 28 days and after that, I played in just 4 days. It was difficult for me to straightaway play a game from quarantine.
We planned, prepared well for the game today, had to do a lot of planning because the first two games here were high-scoring. We got some time to prepare and things went our way as we executed well,” the Agra-born seamer said after PBKS’s batting.
“I think Mayank’s wicket I enjoyed the most – a dream ball for a bowler to swing and hit top of off stump. You want to pitch it close to the middle and then move to hit the top of off.
If I take a wicket or bowl a maiden over then obviously we can take the momentum. It’s a big responsibility I’ve been having since the last four years and Mahi bhai has shown faith in me.
Hopefully, I can deliver in some more matches. As a bowler, my plan is to bowl dots if I don’t take wickets. The bowlers from the other end will also be able to take wickets,” Chahar said at the post-match presentation.