Chahar opens up on how Dhoni helped him emerge as a powerplay bowler

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Swing bowler Deepak Chahar heaped praise on Chennai Super Kings(CSK) captain MS Dhoni about his resurgence in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL). Chahar has taken his game to another level in the last couple of years and he has been quite phenomenal for CSK in the Powerplay overs.

Former India captain Dhoni has played an important role in shaping the careers of players like – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. Deepak Chahar is also among the same.

Chahar who looks certain to tour Sri Lanka with India’s white-ball squad in the proposed series in July has credited CSK skipper Dhoni for helping him become a Powerplay specialist.

Chahar on skipper Dhoni:

For the past few years, Chahar has emerged as a prominent face in the CSK camp. Dhoni has played a key role in making Chahar a perfect powerplay bowler. Here what the Indian pacer has to say on MSD-

“It was a long-cherished dream of mine to play under Mahi Bhai. I have learned a lot under his captaincy. I have taken my game to another level under his guidance. He has always backed me.”

“He taught me how to take responsibility. There is no one in my team (CSK) who bowls three overs in the powerplay. I do that. That’s because of Mahi Bhai. Bowling the first over for a team is not an easy job. With time, I have improved and learned how to control the flow of runs, especially in T20s.”

Dhoni Chahar, Six Sports

Chahar has elevated his performances particularly in the last couple of editions of the cash-rich T20 league – IPL. He consistently bowled with the new ball for CSK and gave some notable performances in the powerplay overs. His took two four-wicket hauls against KKR and Punjab Kings helped CSK gain early control and knocked the fight off the opposition in his very opening spells.

“Mahi Bhai has made me a powerplay bowler. He always says ‘you are my powerplay bowler. He, most of the time gives me first over of the match. I have been scolded by him a lot, but I know those talks and that guidance has benefitted me a lot as well and helped me grow as a bowler.”– Chahar added

Chahar told how MSD is wise in using his players- “He (Dhoni) knows his players well and he uses them wisely. He knows who is good at the death, who is good in the powerplay and who is good in the middle overs.”

Chahar has picked 10 wickets and the majority of them came in the powerplay in the seven matches of IPL 2021(which was suspended mid-way due to Covid-19). He is likely to travel with the Indian side to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs format. Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach for the same by BCCI.

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