Deepak Chahar, who has been selected as the standby bowler, tried his skills with the red balls in the nets ahead of India’s first test match against South Africa. The pacer took to social media to share some highlights from the session and impressed fans with his control and swing. The 29-year-old caught the attention of fans with some good deliveries that gave the batters – Wriddhiman Saha and Priyank Panchal – a hard time. Chahar added that he enjoyed the session and captioned the video as “Red ball is fun”.
Here’s the video:
— Deepak chahar (@deepak_chahar9) December 22, 2021
The video was well received by fans, with one pointing out that “pitches outside of Asia are more useful for pacers”.
The user commented “definitely not in subcontinent. Since pitches outside of Asia are more helpful for pacers”.
certainly not in subcontinent. Since pitches outside of Asia are more useful for pacers
— Hetansh Shah (@hetanshshah7) December 22, 2021
“Deepak is India’s best Swing bowler after bhuvi.. and I’m sure he will deliver the best performance as Play test cricket,” wrote another fan.
Deepak is the best Swing bowler in India after bhuvi.. and I am sure he will give the best performance as Play test cricket
— @jaykumar (@jaykuma14872129) December 22, 2021
Chahar, who has yet to make his test debut for India, is known for his control and ability to swing the ball both ways. He along with Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar and Arzan Nagwasalla are having the Indian side as standby players.
India is currently in South Africa and the first game of the three-game test series is scheduled for Sunday.
Star opener Rohit Sharma will not be available for the Test series due to a left hamstring injury. Panchal was called up as his replacement.
All eyes will be on the Indian tempo division, which consists of Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. Their performance could be a deciding factor for the test series for India.
After the first game, the second and third games will start on January 3 and 11, respectively.
The Test series will be followed by a three-game ODI series, starting on January 19.
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