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“There is nothing like ‘natural’ talent -everything has come from training and strategy”

Deepak Chahar’s father and coach opens up about the secret to the Chahar Brothers’ success

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5 Dariya News

22 Apr 2020

Many times when we see batsmen with a trademark shot or bowlers with a unique action, we tend to believe it’s God-given. But in a tell-all webisode of Cricbuzz’s new show Spicy Pitch, Deepak Chahar’s father and coach reveal what it really takes to play world-class cricket.Chahar senior says, “Everyone looks at Deepak and thinks that he has this natural ability to swing the ball at speeds of over 140 km/hr. But the reality is very different. I looked at bowlers like Dale Steyn and Malcolm Marshall who were swinging the ball at very high speeds. I knew that India could use such a bowler. And that’s how Deepak and I worked at his technique.”Deepak concurs, “I would bowl 500 deliveries to my father every single day — 250 in swingers and 250 outswingers. For me, it’s not about natural talent— it’s all about understanding what you need to be and working hard every single day to get there. Regrets are the one thing I don’t want to have when I look back on my career.”The younger Chahar, Rahul, also learnt things the same way. Coach Chahar recalls, “When he was very young, Rahul would bowl pace just like Deepak. But I realized that wasn’t his strength, and I encouraged him to try leg-spin. Then for a long time, his bowling was very slow, and I knew that the slow-ish leg-spin just doesn’t work anymore. So, I kept pushing him to improve his fitness and increase his pace. Today, his speed is at least 5km/hr more than regular leg-spinners and it gives him a big edge while bowling.”Clearly, there’s a lot more to success than just pure talent, and both the Chahar brothers are living proof. To know more about their personal lives, their family, and their cricketing journey so far, watch the latest episode of Spicy Pitch on the Cricbuzz website as well as on app. The show drops on Saturday, the 18th of April. 

 

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