Deepak Chahar

India
Age
August 7, 1992 (29 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Deepak Chahar (born 7 August 1992) is a right-arm medium pacer who currently plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL (Indian Premium League) and represents Rajasthan in the domestic arena. He is the first male cricketer from India to claim a hat trick in a T20I (Twenty20 International). In January 2020, the ICC (International Cricket Council) awarded him the T20I Performance of the Year honour for his 6/7 haul against Bangladesh.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

India, India A, India B, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan, Rising Pune Supergiant

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
5
3
2
87
69*
87
104
83.65
0
1
8
1
T20I
17
7
5
19
10
9.5
21
90.48
0
0
0
1
Test
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
IPL
46
10
5
72
39
14.4
48
150
0
0
1
6

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
5
5
216
219
6
2/37
6.08
36.5
36
0
0
0
T20I
17
13
287
382
17
6/7
7.99
22.47
16.88
1
1
0
Test
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
46
46
936
1239
37
4/13
7.94
33.49
25.3
2
0
0

Domestic Career

Chahar had a wonderful first-class debut picking up 8/10 in a Ranji match held in Jaipur against Hyderabad during the 2010 – 2011 season. This performance helped Rajasthan dismiss Hyderabad for just 21 runs – the lowest ever team total in a Ranji game. The IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals were impressed with Chahar’s excellent swing bowling and offered him a contract.

In October 2016, Chahar improved his bowling with the help of international coaches Catherine Dalton and Ian Point at a cricket development camp in Jaipur. He significantly enhanced his control and confidence and became a specialist bowler in the powerplay overs. In January 2018, Chennai Super Kings bought Chahar in the IPL auction. In October 2018, he was picked in the India B team for the Deodhar Trophy 2018 – 2019.

International Career

Chahar played his first T20I match in July 2018 against England. He snared the scalp of Jason Roy in that game. Chahar made his ODI debut against Afghanistan in September 2018 in the 2018 Asia Cup. In July 2019, he was included in India’s T20I squad for the series against the Windies. Chahar took part in the final game of the series and grabbed 3/4 to be awarded the Man of the Match.

After that, Chahar was chosen for the three-match T20I series versus Bangladesh. In the final game played in November 2019, Chahar snared 6/7 in 3.2 overs including a hat trick to help India win the series. He received both Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards for his top-notch performances.

Chahar is a swing bowler in the classical mould who also demonstrates some street smarts in the limited-over formats. However, he has struggled with maintaining his fitness and faced injury-related problems which led to him being initially rejected by Rajasthan’s cricket director, Greg Chappell. However, Chennai Super Kings’ skipper MS Dhoni’s encouragement and advice helped Chahar blossom in the T20 format.

Chahar is a swing bowler like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar and has learnt the art at his father Lokendra’s coaching academy. Lokendra ensured his son bowled only with new balls and did not mind the high cost of procuring them. Dhoni cleverly used Chahar for up to three overs in the initial powerplay and the latter also improved his skills in bowling at the death. For instance, in his 6/7 performance against Bangladesh, he grabbed four scalps including the hat trick in the later stages of the game.

IPL Career Stats

In the IPL, Deepak Chahar has played for Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants and is currently a member of the Chennai Super Kings squad. In the 2018 season, he grabbed 10 scalps in 12 games for Chennai for which he received his Indian call-up to play in the limited-overs formats.

Overall, Chahar has played in 34 IPL matches so far, claiming 33 wickets at an average of 26.51, an economy rate of 7.63 and a strike rate of 20.84. His best figures in an IPL game are 3/15.

ODI Career Stats

Chahar has appeared in 3 ODIs so far, snaring 2 scalps at an average of 64.50, an economy rate of 6.14 and a strike rate of 63.0. His best ODI figures are 1/37.

T20I Career Stats

Chahar has starred in 10 T20Is, picking up 17 wickets at an average of 14.76, an economy rate of 7.00 and a strike rate of 12.6 with 1 five-for. His best T20I figures are 6/7.

First-Class Stats

Chahar has featured in 45 first-class matches in which he has grabbed 126 wickets at an average of 35.10 and a strike rate of 62.0 with 4 five-fors and one 10-wicket match haul. His best figures in a first-class innings are 8/10.

List A Stats

Chahar has played 46 List A matches, claiming 58 wickets at an average of 28.86, an economy rate of 5.19 and a strike rate of 33.3 with 1 five-for. His best List A figures are 5/27.

T20 Career Stats

Chahar has appeared in 75 T20 matches in his career so far, snaring 95 scalps at an average of 20.27, an economy rate of 7.28 and a strike rate of 16.6 with 2 five-fors. His best figures in a T20 game are 6/7.

Family

Deepak Chahar was born in Agra, world-famous by the historic Taj Mahal located there. He attended G.D. Goenka Public School in the city. His father Lokendra worked in the air force and his mother Florence was a lawyer. Lokendra left his job to coach Deepak and mould him into an international quality cricket player.

Deepak’s cousin Rahul has also played international cricket for India. Deepak has two sisters, Malti and Sanjana. Malti is an actress and model, while Sanjana is a medical specialist. In fact, Malti was a finalist in the 2014 Miss India contest that took place in Delhi. She has also starred in such movies as Manicure (2017) and Genius (2018).

Interesting Facts about Deepak Chahar

At the age of 10, Chahar joined the Zila Cricket Academy in Jaipur.

His first List A game was played in February 2010 against Vidarbha in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He grabbed 2 wickets in 10 overs at a 6.10 economy rate.

In October 2010, Chahar played his maiden T20 match, also against Vidarbha, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

In his debut first-class match against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, Chahar grabbed 12 wickets in both innings to be named the Man of the Match.

In his debut T20I match against England in Bristol, Chahar picked up 1/43 in his 4 overs.

On his ODI debut against Afghanistan in September 2018, Chahar snared 1 wicket in 4 overs.

Chahar played for Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons.

In the 2018 IPL auction, Chennai Super Kings bought Chahar for Rs. 80 lakhs.

Last International Match

Chahar’s last international match before the COVID crisis was an ODI against the West Indies held in Visakhapatnam in December 2019. He achieved match figures of 0/44 in 7 overs as India triumphed by 107 runs.

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