MS Dhoni instilled confidence in me, no shortcuts to get into Team India: Deepak Chahar | Cricket News

CHENNAI: India bowler Deepak Chahar has attributed the growth of his cricketing career to the guidance of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the veteran wicket-beater keeper had instilled a lot of confidence in him, which translated by good performance.
Chahar, who missed the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a hamstring injury and is set to return to India when the Asian Cup squad is announced on August 8, said, “Mahi bhai gave me a lot of advice. The best advice was to believe in myself. When I first played for CSK (Chennai Super Kings), the confidence he gave me given was reflected in my performance. He’s the number one captain. If he believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. The belief I had playing for CSK was huge. It changed my career The belief and confidence that Mahi bhai gave me was the best.”
The 29-year-old CSK all-rounder, who trained at CSK academy after recovering, says his rise through the ranks was never smooth but he kept working hard “day and night” to achieve his goal.
“The chart will go up and down. For me it’s been down for many years, but I still worked hard day and night. I always thought there was no alternative to hard work. . If you work hard, the day and time will come and you will play well. You will get what you deserve,” added Chahar.
“When you’re little it’s important for you to imagine yourself as an international cricketer. You see posters on the wall. You should see your face in those pictures and that should make you work hard in every session. You should see you there.
“My advice to every young bowler is to work hard. There is no alternative. Hard work is key. Sometimes you get selected, sometimes you won’t. Sometimes they (the other players) are better than you. The only way to beat them is through hard work. No one can help you. No coach or parent, nothing. When you step into the ground, only you can help. We all dream of becoming players Indian cricket.
“You don’t just want to play for the state. If you don’t think you can play for India, you shouldn’t play cricket. If you want to play for the Indian team, it will take many years. You can’t not play for India in two or four years,” added Chahar.
Recalling his favorite moment with CSK, the rhythm bowler said playing alongside Dhoni in the first match and winning the title that year was one of his most treasured moments.
“Playing the first game for CSK will be my favorite for sure. Playing in yellow under Mahi bhai… My first game, I played very well – I still remember it. And then winning the IPL trophy in my freshman year was one of the best times too.”
On his batting and unbeaten 69 against Sri Lanka in an ODI in 2021, Chahar said: “When I started playing I always wanted to be an all-around player. I wanted to work on my batting as much as my bowling. It was It was a matter of opportunity that I was waiting for. Eventually I got this game. When I came in at bat, all I thought was to win India The first 20 balls, I scored no points, only one or two runs.
“We had the overs. I thought we had to bowl all the overs to win the game. What I was thinking was going against some bowlers. My whole thought was to win the game because that was my dream. Every kid wants to play that kind of innings.”

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