Countering the dew in the hot Chennai heat has been a massive part of Deepak Chahar’s cricket training, and he said it showed during his world record figures of 6 for seven facing Bangladesh in the series-deciding 3rd T20 International here.
Chahar, who also became the 1st male cricketer from the land to get a T20 International hat-trick, has remained one of the Chennai Super Kings’ strong new-ball bowlers, applied judiciously by charter captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Countering the dew in the hot Chennai “Playing in Chennai, I have now understood how to counter dew and sweat. How to keep my fingers clean. At times, rub dry clay in your hands and then bowl (so that hands don’t get slippery),” the 27-year old Rajasthan seamer stated during an interview on ‘Chahal TV‘ hosted by teammate Yuzvendra Chahal for the BCCI’s official website.
Asked what his strategy considering that there was no nip in the air and the ball wasn’t swinging a lot was.
“Since the team boundaries (at VCA Stadium) were great and that was the idea that we will have to force the batsman to contest shots on the parties. I also needed to change the pace as the ball was getting wet because of the dew also it was hard to grip,” Chahar explained.
For the 27-year-old, never even in his most natural of intelligence, he could have imagined about impossible figures of 6, 7 in 3.2 overs.
“Came to know in the end that I got a hat-trick since I got the first wicket off the last ball of past over. Even if you sit back at home and dream, you will not think that in four overs, you will get six wickets for seven runs,” stated a happy Chahar.
Chahar was happy that captain Rohit Sharma did him a bit differently in the middle overs somewhat of consuming his quota upfront.
“I’ve just been needing to work hard. It’s all God’s advice that I’m here. Today the plan was to roll up front with the new ball. I told I’d be bowling the crucial overs. Happy the company management gave me that responsibility.”