I was the Bumrah for Rohit, says Chahar

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on November 12, 2019
Deepak Chahar

Chahar finished with figures of 6/7 - the best in T20Is (see box) - and also became the second Indian to take a hat trick in the format

It almost looked like Bangladesh would run away with the third T20I in Nagpur on Sunday as Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun were in imperious form. With the dew not helping matters, skipper Rohit Sharma handed the ball to pacer Deepak Chahar, hoping that the youngster would rise to the occasion.

And that is exactly what he did.

Chahar, who had earlier dismissed Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar, delivered instantly in the 13th over and sparked a stunning Bangladesh collapse. The rest as they say is history.

Chahar finished with figures of 6/7 - the best in T20Is (see box) - and also became the second Indian to take a hat trick in the format.

Chahar said that while everyone is talking about him picking the hat trick and winning India the game in conditions not suited for bowlers, it is the faith that skipper Rohit showed in him that makes him happy.

"He told me I will use you as a Bumrah today. I will bowl you in the crucial overs and that was motivating for me. I love it when I am given responsibility under pressure because that makes me feel that I am being trusted. I feel bad when nobody trusts me. To get that confidence from the captain felt good at that stage of the game," he smiled.

It is not often that you have players liking the fact that he is compared to a teammate, but Chahar says there is no doubting the fact that Bumrah is the No.1 bowler at present in the format and it is a matter of pride to be compared to the pacer.

"You should be honest. I know where he stands and I also know where I stand. He is the No.1 bowler in the format and as a T20 bowler, he has everything, be it pace or control. He is the No.1 bowler for me and saying that is not a shame. I am not competing with him and my job is to do well. You need to focus on the game and the team should win and that has to be the priority," he said.

"When they were cruising at the end of 12 overs, I wanted to walk up to him and ask for the ball from the captain, but I didn't because I knew the captain would have his plan and give me the ball.

"The whole thought was that we shouldn't lose the game and the series. What matters when you play for the country is to perform and win matches," he explained. 

More than the wickets he picked, it was the confidence he showed despite the dew that had people sit up and take note and the pacer says that playing in Chennai has helped him learn the art.

"Playing in Chennai has helped a lot. In Chennai there is a lot of dew and sweat and I have made mistakes and bowled no-balls in those situations, but I learnt from that," he said.

Every player is preparing keeping the World T20 in mind and while Chahar too wants to go ahead and represent the country in the showpiece event in Australia in 2020, he wants to keep working on his game and get better with each passing day.

"World T20 is about 11 months away and that is a long time. Obviously I have that in the mind and we are looking to win the trophy, but as a sportsman you can't think so far ahead as there is a lot of international cricket before that as well as the IPL.

"I want to gain more trust from the management till then and there will be times where I will get hit and I want to still gain the trust of the team so that they support me. Performing in every match is the goal," he said.


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