'Don't take overseas coaches too seriously' - Venkatesh Prasad reveals Greg Chappell had rejected Deepak Chahar at RCA for his height

‘Don’t take overseas coaches too seriously’ – Venkatesh Prasad reveals Greg Chappell had rejected Deepak Chahar at RCA for his height

'Believe in yourself' - Prasad wrote in his tweet.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

India cricketer Deepak Chahar stole the limelight in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. He played a match-winning knock of 69 runs off just 82 balls to take India home in a tough 276-run chase. Interestingly, he came out to bat and by the time he got settled, the result of the game seemed inconsequential with the visitors struggling at 193/7 with more than 10 overs to go.

But he took Bhuvneshwar Kumar by his side and stitched a sensational unbeaten 84-run stand for the 8th wicket helping India not only win the game but seal the series with a match to go. With the ball too he took a couple of wickets conceding 53 runs proving his all-round capabilities.

Meanwhile, former India cricketer Venkatesh Prasad has revealed that the same Deepak Chahar was rejected by Greg Chappell for his height during his stint at the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). Prasad also shared that Chahar was told to explore different career options as well.

His intention to share the story was that the players should believes in themselves and don’t take overseas coaches seriously. He also advised the teams and franchises to believe in Indian coaches and mentors as they have better knowledge of the talent in India.

“Deepak Chahar Was rejected by Greg Chappell at RCA for his height and told to look at a different occupation. And he single handedly won a match with not even his primary skills. Moral of the story- Believe in yourself and don’t take overseas coaches too seriously. There are off-course exceptions but with such wonderful talent in India, it’s time that teams and franchisees consider having Indian coaches and mentors as much as possible,” Prasad wrote in a series of tweets.

SL vs IND 3rd ODI on Friday

Meanwhile, India will face Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI of the series on Friday in Colombo. With the series sealed, the visitors are expected to try out a few benched players. It will be interesting to see if the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya and Krishnappa Gowtham will get a chance. Moreover, with 10 Super League points at stake, India will also be wary of making a wholesale changes.