posted on 2019-05-13 10:08:16
posted by Sahil Jain
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How many times have you seen bowlers end up with an economy rate of just over 6 after he has been carted away for 20 runs in one of his four overs? Yes, it was one of those nights for Deepak Chahar. The comeback, the grit and determination was brilliant.
He has been very good for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the last couple of season. In fact, he’s been one of the most consistent pacers to feature in the XI and has been one of the dependable options for MS Dhoni. The 26-year-old pacer continued to prove why Dhoni and the CSK management trust him so much.
Chahar expectedly bowled the first over and did a good job. He didn’t get a lot of movement but he gave away just two runs. However, what followed was a brutal attack. Quinton de Kock knew that playing out Chahar would be playing into CSK’s hands. Hence, it was important for him to break CSK’s new-ball bowler’s rhythm. Chahar was hit for three sixes by de Kock as he conceded 20 runs in his second over.
One would imagine that it would be the end of that spell in the powerplay for Chahar. However, Dhoni kept the trust, changed ends and brought him back for the final over of the powerplay. For the first four overs, it looked like the openers would pile on the misery on CSK’s bowlers.
However, de Kock who took Chahar apart in his previous over had been dismissed in the fifth over. Chahar went on to make the powerplay better towards the end as he sent back Rohit Sharma with a brilliantly disguised knuckleball. It was a wicket-maiden after a 20-run over which had three sixes.
His first spell like most other games this season was a three-over one and he conceded 22 runs to go with the wicket of MI’s skipper. Until last season or early this season, the first few overs would be the last time Chahar was seen with the ball. He was never given the ball at the death. Dhoni often wanted to finish his quota as quickly as possible.
But this year saw a change. It may have been due to Dwayne Bravo’s injury but Chahar worked on his death bowling skills. When Chahar bowled the 19th over against Kings XI Punjab earlier this season, it was for the first time ever in his IPL career that he was handed the ball at the death. Hence, he got better as he went along in the tournament and even in this final, he was brilliant. He gave away only four runs and picked up a couple of wickets, including that of the destructive Hardik Pandya. He nailed the yorkers really well.
He finished his quota of four overs with figures of 3/26. He came back really well after the beating de Kock gave him in the second over. However, it is not the first time that Chahar delivered in the first innings of the game. In fact, he’s enjoyed bowling first than second this season.
He took 22 wickets to end as CSK’s second highest run-getter but out of those he’s picked up 16 of them in the first innings. He has delivered time and again. The spell against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) where he took 3/20, the spell against Delhi Capitals (DC) where he picked up 2/28, he’s got the job done more often than not.
Even if he took a beating as he did in this final, Chahar showed that he has the ability to bounce back well. It was disappointing that his spell turned out to be for a losing cause. But it takes something special to comeback from a beating like the one he got in this final.