IND vs ZIM: I think I have picked up from where I left six months ago, says Deepak Chahar
IND vs ZIM: A six-month injury lay-off can be mentally taxing, but Deepak Chahar believes he has recovered from the point at which he was when he suffered a career-threatening hamstring injury after making a successful comeback to international cricket.
The Rajasthan seamer believes that he put in a lot of effort in the pre-injury period to match that level of performance, which earned him the “Player of The Match” title with figures of 3/27 against Zimbabwe on his comeback.
Asked if he feels his T20 World Cup doors would open up, Chahar said: “I can’t say if I will be selected or not as that’s not in my hands but skill wise I have worked very hard.
“I think I have picked up from where I had left and today also barring the first two overs, I bowled well. I bowled seven overs at one go which is an indicator that my fitness levels are okay,” Chahar told reporters after the game.
Chahar stated that the strategy was to bowl larger length deliveries after regaining his mojo and achieving noticeable ball swing both ways in the morning session.
“My plan remains simple, when the ball is swinging try to bowl fuller length and take wickets. If the ball isn’t swinging, then there is a plan ‘B’ or ‘C’. Today, it was swinging till the seventh over when I was bowling. So it was simple — bowl a fuller length and mix the swing and confuse the batter,” he said.
The Harare Sports Club pitch’s USP, according to Chahar, is a little nip in the air and off the track in the early session.
“There isn’t any turn on offer or anything for fast bowlers in particular. The only help you get is in that morning session and if you play that session well, then obviously the game goes well.
“But if you lose 4-5 early wickets, then no team can win a match from there. I felt Zimbabwe after losing five wickets for 50 odd (66), scoring 190 was a good effort.”
Building up Workload
Chahar admitted that despite his reputation as a T20 specialist. After his rehabilitation at the NCA was almost through, he understood that ODIs in Zimbabwe would be his comeback vehicle. And that he had properly adjusted his body to suit the demands of the 50-over format.
“I knew I would make my comeback in this series, which is an ODI series. So I started loading my body accordingly. The day I started bowling, I bowled six overs. And then when I played 2-3 practice games, I bowled a full quota of 10 overs,” Chahar informed.
Regarding the performance that day, he did concur that there must be caution when one returns. After such a lengthy absence and people who played in the interim also gave a performance.
“Difficulty was there. Because you are trying to regain your place in the side. And in the interim, people who played have also performed and consolidated their places.
“So in order to regain your spot, you have to put up a good performance. Obviously pressure was there. And I wanted to perform at the first opportunity because that’s all that a player can control,” he signed off.