Chahar show renews hope for the swing bowlers in T20 format


    Kolkata: Not many of us possibly cares to remember that Deepak Chahar, the hunk from Haryana, boasts of the best-ever figures for a bowler in international T20 cricket. His six wickets for seven runs against Bangladesh in 2019 has always kept him in the radar ever since for the Indian team in this format,

    Qualitiatively speaking, Chahar would possibly rank his haul of four for 13 on Friday, which broke the back of a powerful batting line-up of Punjab Kings and set the match up for Chennai Super Kings in IPL in Mumbai a close second. The four scalps on Friday must have given him greater degree of satisfaction as they were Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Dipak Hooda and Nicholas Pooran – in that order.

    The delivery that set the tone was of course the fourth one of the day – a dream one for any swing bowler which would do the likes of Mitchell Starc or Trent Boult proud. The line was perfect on the off and middle and as Agarwal, a Indian Test opener, came forward – it swung away just marginally enough after pitching to rattle the off stump. A work of art and no wonder, Chahar called it his dream delivery after winning the Man of the Match later.