Deepak Chahar revels in choosing IPL route over Ranji to play for India

Updated: 18 December, 2019 09:34 IST | PTI | Visakhapatnam

Deepak Chahar started with a brilliant 8 for 10 in his Ranji Trophy debut against Hyderabad, but for all practical purposes, knew that a speed of 125 kmph with the red ball would take him nowhere near international cricket

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar

Visakhapatnam: A remarkably candid Deepak Chahar on Tuesday said he understood early in his career that switching his focus to white ball cricket and IPL was the fastest and easiest route to the India dressing room. The Agra-based Chahar started with a brilliant 8 for 10 in his Ranji Trophy debut against Hyderabad, but for all practical purposes, knew that a speed of 125 kmph with the red ball would take him nowhere near international cricket.

"When I changed my action to gain speed, I struggled with my state team. Now suddenly, I found that my road towards entering the Indian team to be very difficult. "If I had to take the Ranji route, then I would have had to play more matches, play a whole first-class season, play Duleep Trophy. That's a longer road," Chahar said, there was a refreshing honesty in his admission.

"But if you do well in IPL, then you can quickly play for India and during that phase of my career, I decided to concentrate on white-ball cricket," Chahar, who is an automatic choice in T20 cricket now, said ahead of India's second ODI against the West Indies. The medium pacer came into India reckoning after two seasons with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

The most impressive aspect of an interaction with Chahar was the clarity he has about his shortcomings and what he is doing to improve them. "When I came to the Ranji Trophy, I used to bowl 125 kmph. My struggle with injuries was due to my efforts to increase pace. Because I knew that I won't be able to survive with that kind of pace at the international level. I had to increase it close to 140 clicks and get it to swing.

"A swinging delivery at 135 to 137 kmph is the most difficult delivery for any batsman. I can vouch that even 150 km on a flat track can be easier to handle."

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First Published: 18 December, 2019 09:21 IST

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