Took up cricket only after watching Sachin: Deepak Chahar

The 25-year old recently made his debut for the Indian team.

India A's Deepak Chahar
India A’s Deepak Chahar. (Photo by David Davies/PA Wire)

At 25, Deepak Chahar and his international career have seemingly taken off quite well. After racking up the wickets in the IPL for both the Rising Pune Supergiants and the Chennai Super Kings, the call to arms for the Indian team came as he was deployed in the T20Is against England.

However, speaking about his tryst with cricket, Chahar stated that the first time he took to playing cricket was when he met Sachin Tendulkar. Illustrating the experience, the 25-year old went on to state that he was chosen as one of the net bowlers and continued bowling and throwing-down to the Little Master.


In his column for Sportstar, Chahar wrote, “When I started playing cricket, Sachin Tendulkar was someone we looked up to. Just like every other young cricketer, I also took up the game seriously only after watching Sachin paaji. And even today, he remains my inspiration.”

“He had come for a game in Jaipur in 2005 and I was selected as one of the net bowlers. Before hitting the nets, I gave him a few throw-downs and he was very humble. Never did he make us realize that we were actually bowling to someone like Sachin Tendulkar.”

Chahar awestruck by MS Dhoni

Chahar also became one of the most important strike bowlers for MS Dhoni in the CSK resurrection campaign of 2018 when they lifted the IPL trophy. He went on to describe the first instance he had an encounter with Dhoni during an injury rehab during his brief stint with the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise.

“I also have had the opportunity of knowing Mahendra Singh Dhoni from close quarters. I met him for the first time in 2017 at the Rising Pune Supergiant camp. It was during a practice game that I first met Dhoni bhai. I was batting when he came to the ground and unfortunately I picked up an injury on that very day. He walked up to me and inquired about the injury and also advised me on how to deal with injury. That really touched me.”

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