IPL 2023: Deepak Chahar interacts with students at Super Kings Academy

IPL 2023: Deepak Chahar interacts with students at Super Kings Academy

IPL 2023: Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Deepak Chahar interacted with students at the Super Kings Academy in Thoraipakkam, Chennai on Friday (August 5). The 29-year-old, who has also been training at the academy, passed on invaluable inputs to young students.


Advice to young cricketers

When you are small, it is important for you to imagine yourself as an international cricketer. You see posters on the wall. Also you should see your face in those pictures and that should make you work hard every session. You should see yourself there.

My advice to every young bowler is to work hard. There is no alternative. Hard work is the key. Sometimes you get selected, sometimes you won’t. Sometimes they are better than you. The only way to beat them is by hard work. Nobody can help you. No coach or parent, nothing. When you enter the ground, only you can help yourself. We all dream of becoming Indian cricketers. You don’t want to just play for state. If you’re not thinking about playing for India, you should not play cricket. If you want to play for the Indian team, it will take many years. You can’t play for India in two or four years.

The graph will go up and down. For me, it went down for many years but still I worked hard day and night. I always thought there is no alternative to hard work. If you work hard, the day and time will come and you’ll play well. You’ll get what you deserve.

Best advice given by MS Dhoni

Mahi bhai has given me a lot of advice. The best advice was to believe in myself. When I first played for CSK, the amount of confidence he gave me reflected in my performance. He’s the number one captain. If he believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. The belief I got from playing for CSK was massive. That changed my career. The belief and confidence Mahi bhai gave me was the best.

Favourite moment with Chennai Super Kings

Playing the first match for CSK will be my favourite for sure. Playing in yellow under Mahi bhai… My first over, I bowled very well – I still remember it. And then winning the IPL trophy in my debut year was one of the best moments as well.

On his batting, and his 69* against Sri Lanka in an ODI in 2021

When I started playing, I always wanted to be an all-rounder. I wanted to work on my batting as much as my bowling. It was a matter of opportunity that I was waiting for. Finally, I got that match. When I went to bat, all I was thinking was to make India win. First 20 balls, I didn’t score any runs, only one or two runs. We had the overs. I thought we had to play all the overs to win the match. What I thought was to take on certain bowlers. My whole thinking was to win the match because that was my dream. Every kid wants to play that kind of innings.

(With Inputs from CSK Website)

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