The CSK player is using his time off from the field to quicken his pace and expand his arsenal of shots.
After not participating in a major cricket match since December 2023, Deepak Chahar is getting ready to come back to the IPL as a better batsman and bowler after some time off. During the pre-tournament downtime, he is increasing the tempo at which he bowls and the number of shots he bats.
“You’re not becoming stronger when you’re playing or in rehab. “You’re losing physical strength,” Chahar remarked outside of a Chennai event announcing Etihad Airways as the team’s new official sponsor, replacing the Chennai Super Kings. Therefore, now is the ideal moment for me or any athlete to acquire strength because you only have one and a half or two months to do it. You pick up more speed as you get stronger.”So, absolutely, I was almost bowling at 140 kph when I played in 2018. Playing frequently means you don’t have time for strength training, and your speed decreases. It’s appropriate for me to pick up the pace now.
Chahar and Shardul Thakur might provide CSK with batting depth down to No. 9, where they would be joined by the likes of Matheesha Pathirana and Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka, who has also become more proficient at bat. Chahar was first observed by Stephen Fleming as an all-round batsman at Rising Pune Supergiant/s. In 2018, MS Dhoni even employed him as a pinch-hitter at number three—recall chaos theory? Chahar, the batter, is no longer as necessary for CSK because of the Impact Player rule, but his lower-order abilities allow the top order to take more chances.
“That was the only game where Mahi bhai [Dhoni] gave me batting before him and I scored some runs in that game,” Chahar joked. “That game was won by us. The team has benefited since I haven’t been required to bat. You know that puts a lot of balance on the squad and that the batters ahead of us have this [depth] when Mahi bhai bats at No. 8 and me at No. 9.
“I’ll give you an instance of a certain game. After COVID, it was the first game in Dubai. The opening matchup pitted the Indians versus Mumbai. After we were, I believe, 40 for 4 [24 for 4], we scored 160 runs. Playing together, Rutu [Ruturaj Gaikwad] and [Ravindra] Jadeja began to strike in the 14th over. Because they don’t have that depth in their batting lineup, other teams won’t do it. They must wait until the eighteenth or nineteenth over before they begin to hit. You don’t end up scoring that many runs and you arrive late.”