Deepak Chahar made his international comeback on Thursday, August 18, against Zimbabwe in the first of three ODIs, and it was a remarkable return. After KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bat first, the pacer opened the Men in Blue’s bowling attack. The pacer made a strong comeback in the powerplay after missing out on many international tours and the Indian T20 League.
Chahar bowled seven overs in the game and took three wickets in them, conceding just 27 runs. Innocent Kaia was caught behind the stumps by Sanju Samson in the seventh over, giving Chahar the perfect start to take his first wicket after a failed review in the third over.
Innocent Kaia was caught behind the stumps by Sanju Samson in the seventh over, giving Chahar the perfect start to take his first wicket after a failed review in the third over. He struck again in his subsequent over, adding to the joy by forcing the other opener, Tadiwanashe Marumani, to return to the dugout. The batter had a chance to strike it as Chahar bowled it full and outside the off-stump. Marumani edged the ball, and it immediately fell into Samson’s gloves.
In his sixth over, Chahar trapped Wesley Madhevere in front of the stumps to secure his third wicket.
After trying to recover from his first injury, Chahar, who was acquired by Chennai at the mega auction for a staggering INR 14 Crore, missed the entirety of the Indian T20 League in 2022. He had to spend more time at the NCA in Bengaluru as a result of another injury. Before stepping back into the side in style, he missed the five-match T20I home series against South Africa, the Ireland tour, the England tour, and finally the Caribbean tour.
Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with his performance in his comeback match. “Deepak Chahar should be a permanent member in the ODI XI when fit! Outstanding with the new ball and can bat as well which improves your batting depth!” a fan wrote.
Her e is how Twitter reacted
— Rahul Kumar (RK)?? (@itsrahuul) August 18, 2022
Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Siraj bossed the PowerPlay.
— C. S Chiwanza (@CSChiwanza) August 18, 2022
— P A N T H E R™ (@CricSurya07) August 18, 2022
— ?????? ? (@sharad__tweets) August 18, 2022
Deepak Chahar should be a permanent member in the ODI XI when fit! Outstanding with the new ball and can bat as well which improves your batting depth! #ZIMvIND
— Anirudh (@OffDrive_) August 18, 2022
— Abhijeet ? (@TheYorkerBall) August 18, 2022
Deepak Chahar at no 7 could be our Irfan Pathan like 07 T20 World Cup ?? #T20WC2022
— Krishna Khandelwal (@krishnahitman2) August 18, 2022
Whole nation stands and Appreciate ,when Deepak Chahar Swings.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsCult) August 18, 2022
Deepak Chahar should be a sure shot selection in the T20 World Cup squad. #ZIMvIND
— Vishesh Roy (@vroy38) August 18, 2022
It's like he has never been away ?
Deepak Chahar ?#ZIMvIND
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 18, 2022