Deepak Chahar, who scored 69 runs in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in the eighth place, is the hero of the country. Chaher played this innings under such pressure that India lost seven wickets and the team was on the verge of defeat. India, however, dropped a bowling all-rounder who played an innings which shocked fans and their critics. The right-handed lower-order batsman has been named an all-rounder at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, which he and his family still regret. At the auction, Deepak Chahar was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 80 lakh while his brother Rahul Chahar was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 1.9 crore. The family was happy with Rahul but he thinks that if Deepak had filled the form like a bowler, he too would have received more money at the auction.
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Deepak Chahar’s father, Lokendra Chahar, told Times of India: ‘It’s our fault. Deepak filled the form as an all-rounder. The auction of players in the all-rounder division took place late that day. Rahul went bowler. Rahul’s name came at the beginning of the auction. Then came the name Deepak. But by the time Deepak was named, the money of the teams was running out, otherwise Deepak would have been closer to two crore.
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Chahar is believed to be working on sharpening his skills in the batting department. He also scored some good runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In the IPL, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni tested Deepak’s batting ability and elevated him to sixth when he played a fantastic innings against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). Deepak scored 39 off just 20 balls in the match and showed his batting prowess towards the management of the team.