Pakistan’s batsmen should learn from Deepak Chahar: Danish Kaneria

Deepak Chahar scored a brilliant 69* to take India over the line by three wickets against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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

Deepak Chahar has been trending all over Twitter due to his epic knock of an unbeaten 69 against Sri Lanka in the second ODI that was played at the Colombo. The right-hand batter kept fighting till the very last minute and took the Men in Blue home with three wickets remaining. That he did when his side was reeling at 193 for seven and it speaks volumes about the self-belief the batter had in his abilities.

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria too praised the monumental efforts of Chahar and has asked the batters from Pakistan to learn a thing or two from that special rearguard innings from the right-hand batter. The 28-year-old was well supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who hung in there with Chahar to chase the target of 276.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-expert spoke in length of the innings Chahar played, walking in at number eight.

“Full credit to Deepak Chahar. Pakistan’s batsmen should learn from him. Deepak Chahar took the game till the very end. He stood at the wicket, rotated the strike smartly, and picked up the odd boundary here and there. Chahar had that key partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the end. Although Kumar only scored 19, it was as good as a 50 on the day.”

Danish Kaneria points out MS Dhoni as the inspiration for Deepak Chahar’s knock

Kaneria further opined that the 28-year-old might have taken inspiration from legendary player MS Dhoni, who always used to believe in the philosophy of taking the game deep.

“Thanks to Chahar and Kumar, India won the series and now we could see some changes in the final ODI. But today (Tuesday) was Chahar’s day. He first claimed two wickets and then batted very sensibly. He did not play any unnecessary shots and applied MS Dhoni’s philosophy of taking the game till the end if wickets fall. It was an outstanding performance by India.”

Vice-captain Kumar explained the theory of why Chahar was sent ahead of him and, he gave credit to Rahul Dravid for sending the 28-year-old in, due to his superior batting skills.

“Look, he’s played with our coach Rahul Dravid before for India ‘A’ and some other series’ and he scored there as well. So, he (Dravid) knew he (Chahar) could bat and he can hit a few balls. So that was his call and the way he batted proved him right. We all know he can bat, he has done it many times. It wasn’t a tough call but it’s just good to see the way he scored runs,” Kumar said at the post-match press conference.

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