Former India cricketer MS Dhoni has guided several young players throughout his career and one of them is speedster Deepak Chahar.
MS Dhoni is not only known for his captaincy or wicketkeeping but also for his mentorship – be it for the spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal or the pacer like Deepak Chahar. And, the 28-year-old Chahar who has played a crucial role in CSK’s bowling lineup has revealed that his ‘Mahi Bhai’ was phenomenal in his resurgence during his initial IPL years as well.
“It was a long-cherished dream of mine to play under Mahi bhai. I have learnt a lot under his captaincy. I have taken my game to another level under his guidance. He has always backed me. He taught me how to take responsibility. There is no one in my team (CSK) who bowls three overs in the powerplay. I do that. That’s because of Mahi bhai. Bowling the first over for a team is not an easy job. With time, I have improved and learnt how to control the flow of runs, especially in T20s,” Deepak Chahar told TimesofIndia.com.
“He always says ‘you are my powerplay bowler’” – Deepak Chahar on MS Dhoni
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However, Chahar has taken his bowling to another level in the last few years and he has been quite instrumental for CSK in the power-play overs as well. And, he shared that it is MS Dhoni who made him a powerplay bowler as well.
“Mahi bhai has made me a powerplay bowler. He always says ‘you are my powerplay bowler’. He, most of the time, gives me the first over of the match. I have been scolded by him a lot (laughs), but I know those talks and that guidance has benefitted me a lot as well and helped me grow as a bowler. He (Dhoni) knows his players well and he uses them wisely. He knows who is good at the death, who is good in the powerplay and who is good in the middle overs,” he revealed.