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Deepak Chahar Recalls Funny Conversation With Rahul Dravid About His Age

The bowler said that Dravid also told him that he (Chahar) can play test cricket for 4 to 5 years.

The bowler said that Dravid also told him that he (Chahar) can play test cricket for 4 to 5 years.

Deepak Chahar said that Dravid has always considered him a Test bowler.

Team India pacer Deepak Chahar has recently recalled a humorous incident related to his age. He revealed a funny conversation about his age with the legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid during Team India’s tour of Sri Lanka in July this year. Chahar was part of the second-string Indian squad for the tour of Sri Lanka with Dravid as the stand-in head coach for the ODI and T20I series. Chahar was the star performer in the second ODI of the three-match series. He took 2 wickets and smashed unbeaten 69 runs to seal the victory of India in the match.

Recently, in interaction with commentator Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel, the right-arm pacer talked about the funny incident when Dravid had asked him about his age.

“When we reached Sri Lanka, Rahul (Dravid) sir first asked me about my age. I told him I am 28 and will turn 29 soon. So, he was like - ‘is it your original age or cricketer’s age?’. Then I told him that mine is original because my father was in the Air Force, so there was no way I could forge my age!” Chahar told Chopra.

Chahar further said that as a coach on the Sri Lanka tour Dravid shown a “lot of faith” in his capabilities and appreciated his knocks. He said that Dravid’s appreciation helped him perform better during the tour.

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The bowler said that Dravid also told him that he (Chahar) can play test cricket for 4 to 5 years. He said that Dravid has always considered him a Test bowler. Chahar went on to say that whenever he got the chance to play under Dravid, he always performed well — with both bat and ball.

The right-arm pacer also credited Dravid for the improvement in his batting, which helped him play a game-changing knock in Sri Lanka.

Chahar is among the reserves in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. So far, he has played 5 ODIs and 14 T20Is for India. He will be next seen in action for the Chennai Super Kings in the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE.

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first published:September 15, 2021, 13:57 IST