Deepak Chahar is in good bowling form, unlucky to be left out of India’s T20 WC squad: Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop also added that Deepak Chahar swings the new ball upfront more than any other bowler who is currently playing the game in the first six overs.
Updated - Sep 30, 2021 9:28 am
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was picked in the 15-member Indian squad for the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. On the other hand, Deepak Chahar has been named as one of the standby players of the Indian side for the mega event.
And, West Indian cricket legend Ian Bishop has delved into the comparison between the two pacers. Stating that Chahar was unlucky to be left out of the Indian T20 World Cup squad, the 53-year-old stated that India would have gone with Bhuvneshwar Kumar based on his skills and experience.
Bishop further added that Chahar swings the new ball up front more than any other bowler who is currently playing the game in the first six overs.
“I thought that Deepak was unlucky to be left out as well, if they want an extra seamer, I understand why India would have gone with Bhuvi’s history, in terms of his expertise for a long time, but right now I feel that Deepak swings the new ball more than any other bowler in this format of the game in the powerplay,” said Ian Bishop in a chat with ESPNCricinfo.
Deepak Chahar is in better bowling form: Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop also reckoned that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an expert when he is operating in the death overs. Adding that he saw a little bit of Kumar’s lost form coming back in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side, Bishop concluded by stating that Chahar has performed better than Kumar in IPL 2021.
“One of the differences could be that, although Deepak is bowling at the death, Bhuvi’s expertise at the death, bowling in different phases when he is at his best. I saw a little bit of it coming back in the last game to be honest, a little bit more form coming back but if you are talking about the course of the IPL, Deepak Chahar is in better bowling form,” concluded Ian Bishop.
Ian Bishop played 43 Tests and 84 ODIs for the West Indies side. While he scalped 161 wickets in the whites, he picked up 118 wickets in ODI cricket.