Venkatesh Prasad lauds ‘Baazigar’ Deepak Chahar for his match-winning knock against Sri Lanka
Chahar got the Player of the Match award after India's three-wicket win.
Updated - Jul 21, 2021 9:28 am
Venkatesh Prasad, the former Indian cricketer, heaped praises on Deepak Chahar for playing the match-winning knock against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, July 20 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Chahar bagged the Player of the Match award after playing an unbeaten 82-ball knock of 69. His knock was laced with seven fours and one six as India won the second ODI by three wickets.
Chahar was also involved in an unbroken partnership of 84 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the eighth wicket. Kumar lent his partner the apt support and stayed unbeaten on 19 off 28 with two fours. Prasad, meanwhile, used a popular dialogue from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Baazigar’ to congratulate Chahar on his heroics, which also guided the Men in Blue to a series triumph.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Haara hua match jeetne waale ko B- for Baazigar kehte hain. What a fabulous win. Outstanding from Deepak Chahar #INDvSL,”
Haara hua match jeetne waale ko B- for Baazigar kehte hain.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 20, 2021
Rahul sir told me to play all the balls: Deepak Chahar
When Chahar came to bat, India needed 116 runs off 23 overs with only four wickets in hand. Initially, he gave Krunal Pandya support. But once Krunal got out, Chahar took the responsibility of seeing his team through.
Instead of succumbing to pressure, Chahar grabbed the chance with both hands. He also credited Rahul Dravid, the head coach of Team India on the Lanka tour, for showing enough faith in him.
“It was hot there, we did well there. Got two wickets. We managed to stop them at 270. It was a decent score [to chase]. Only one thing that was going on in my mind: this is the kind of innings I’ve been dreaming of. No better way to win the match,” Chahar said.
“Rahul sir told me to play all the balls. I’ve played a few innings with India A and I think he has belief in me. He told me he thinks I’m good enough to be a No. 7. Hopefully, in the coming matches I don’t have to bat. When we came under 50 is when I believed we can win. Before that, it was ball by ball. I took some risks after,” he added.