Chahar confusion: Rahul, not Deepak, to represent Board President’s XI
BCCI issue clarification a day after naming the older brother in the squad for New Zealand’s warm-up fixtures in Mumbai
Rebuffed in his bid to represent Rajasthan at the U-17 and U-19 level, Deepak Chahar had a point or two to prove in his debut first-class match. He did it in less than two hours, scything through Hyderabad’s batting while bundling them out for the record-lowest Ranji total of 21 all out. Chahar’s figures were an incredible 8 for 10. He remained consistent with the ball to help Rajasthan achieve a historic Ranji victory. His pace and ability to swing the ball both ways have drawn comparisons to Manoj Narayan Prabhakar, with whom he had worked with to improve his skills with the old ball. When IPL 2011 came around, Rajasthan Royals wasted no time in signing up the home-grown wunderkind. Chahar hasn’t let the success go to his head, however, and maintains that there’s always room for improvement. His aim is to work on his batting and become a bowling all-rounder to force his way into the national set-up.