Who is Deepak Chahar?
Deepak Chahar replaces Avesh Khan in India's Asia Cup 2022 squad
Avesh Khan has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2022 Asia Cup owing to sickness
Chahar made his debut for India in 2018
Indian pacer Avesh Khan has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2022 Asia Cup owing to sickness after being eliminated from the Super 4 round. He will be replaced by Deepak Chahar.
Who is Deepak Chahar?
Deepak Chahar first came into the limelight when he put his best foot forward and carried the Men in Blue to win the game and the series against Sri Lanka. Chahar scalped two wickets in his eight overs and then amassed 69 runs from 82 balls while chasing a modest total of 276 last year.
Born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Chahar was raised alongside elder sibling Malti Chahar, who is a Hindi film actor, and cousin Rahul Chahar, a fellow cricketer.
In the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season, he made his first-class debut for Rajasthan against Hyderbad and picked up figures of 8/10 with his impressive swing bowling. Having the capability to generate swing with great accuracy in Indian conditions, which very few can, earned him a youth contract with the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.
But Chahar had to keep working on his accuracy and control for the following years to break into the top of the cricketing chain.
Finally, in January 2018, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL auction. By then Chahar had rediscovered his fitness after bouts with long spells of injury. Although he started out as a classical swing bowler, Chahar had also mastered a bag full of trickery to make him available even for the shortest format.
He soon became a reliable option for MS Dhoni, with the new ball, often bowling three overs in the Powerplay itself. But Chahar wasn't going to stop at it, he kept working on himself and turned into a capable death bowler.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old made his T20I debut for India on July 8, 2018, in England.
And in November 2019, Chahar registered his world-record effort against Bangladesh in the final T20I of the series, when he took four of his six wickets, including a hattrick with a wet old ball in extremely dewy conditions. He ended the night with six wickets for seven runs from 3.2 overs.
He also took the first hat-trick by a bowler for India and his first five-wicket haul in T20Is. He won the Player of the Match award for the final match and also the Player of the series award. Last season, he took 14 wickets in 15 matches.
In the IPL 2022, Deepak Chahar has ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury. He is likely to miss the T20 World Cup in Australia as well.
On the first day of the IPL 2022 mega auction, Chennai Super Kings won the bidding war for their pacer Deepak Chahar, who was released in the players’ draft for the auction. Chahar is now a millionaire. CSK got him for Rs 14 crore.
The Team India pacer, who can also contribute with the bat, has listed his base price at Rs 2 crore. Delhi Capitals and SunRisers Hyderabad competed for Chahar. By that stage, CSK did not display any sign of going for the player. SRH escalated it to Rs 4.8 crore.
The bid quickly soared past Rs 5 crore. SRH and Delhi Capitals continued to slug it out for Chahar as the price went past Rs 8 crore. SRH were ready to shell out Rs 9 crore. Finally, both teams were loggerheads till Sundar Raman went for Rs 12 crore for Chahar.
It was at this juncture, CSK entered the bidding war. CSK started with Rs 12.5 crore, Delhi has bid again. CSK was back in the lead at Rs 13 crore. Rajasthan Royals made a late entry and pushed the bid up to Rs 13.25 crore. CSK raised it further to Rs 13.50 crore and finally bought Chahar for Rs 14 crore.