CSK coach Fleming lauds Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar has been Chennai Super Kings' latest pace-bowling find this season, impressing with six wickets in five matches so far.

Deepak Chahar in action against Sunrisers Hyderabad.   -  AFP

Impressed with Deepak Chahar’s consistent progress, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on Tuesday said the pacer's ability to swing the ball at a good pace makes him special.

“He has been developing over the last two years. He had a very good domestic season. His skill set was something we were very impressed with since the first day. He is actually a handy batsman as well. We think he is a fine cricketer,” Fleming told reporters on the eve of match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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“The fact that he swings the ball is important. Lots of trends in the game, obviously wrist spinners and swinging the ball are very effective at the moment. And, he does that and he does it at good pace too. At the moment, he’s around 140 kph, 143 tops. He’s gone really well. He has got to find and maintain consistency and that will come with experience,” he said.

Chahar shot to limelight at the age of 18 when he bagged 8 for 10 on Ranji Trophy debut to skittle out Hyderabad for 21. He ended up the season with 30 wickets, which compelled Rajasthan Royals to sign him.

However, a spate of injuries and illness saw him fade away.

Chahar, also, was the top wicket-taker in 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 19 wickets in Rajasthan’s maiden run to the final.

Fleming said the contest between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captains makes a great game.

On Wednesday’s game, the Kiwi said while CSK is enjoying a good run, RCB will be a tough side to get one over, praising its batting and bowling line-up.

“We know we have to play very well to put any pressure in the top order and they have also got good bowlers. Umesh Yadav has been excellent with the new ball. Chahal - So, there is lot of good contest at hands,” he said.

On having both Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma in a team, Fleming said the team decided the combination looking at the potential of the rival teams.

“It is all about getting the balance right. Karan took Tahir’s place because he suffered an injury. Harbhajan Singh is good at bowling to left-handers. So, we picked him up at Chennai where the ball turns and bounces. We pick team looking at the potential of rival team. They could all play, maybe some day,” he said.

Praise for old guard

Fleming said it is great to watch old players like Chris Gayle, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo, doing well, but it is also exciting to watch some young players coming through.

“From what I have seen over the years is that experienced and professional players dominate big part of IPL. Chris Gayle has made a comeback and is playing really well. Obviously, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo - these guys play a lot of cricket, but it is exciting watching young players,” he said.

Old players can provide consistency, provided they remain motivated, fit and committed, which can help their teams to make headway in the tournament, he said.

“I am not here to develop young players, but try and win competition for the franchise,” he said.