Rahul Chahar joins brother Deepak in India's T20 squad

Right-arm leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has earned his first national team call up as he joins his brother Deepak Chahar in the Indian squad for the T20Is against West Indies.

Published : Jul 21, 2019 17:45 IST

Rahul Chahar in action against Sri Lanka 'A' in the unofficial 'Test' series.
Rahul Chahar in action against Sri Lanka 'A' in the unofficial 'Test' series.

Rahul Chahar in action against Sri Lanka 'A' in the unofficial 'Test' series.

Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar — cousins from Rajasthan — have found a spot in India's T20 squad for the tour of West Indies.

The two have been in good bowling form of late.

Deepak, who has already represented India in one One-Day International (ODI) and a T20 International, has likely been rewarded for his Indian Premier League (IPL) performances for Chennai Super Kings. With 22 wickets, the right-arm fast bowler ended up as the team's second-highest wicket-taker (after Imran Tahir), and the third-highest overall.

Deepak has been unable to continue the same kind of form in the List A contests in the Caribbean of late. Playing for India A against West Indies A, he has claimed one wicket from three matches.

Rahul, on the other hand, has been in good India-A form. In May, he took 14 wickets from two First-Class contests against Sri Lanka A. He also scored a half-century in the two innings he played.

READ | A sensational start to injuries and a comeback – the Deepak Chahar story

In the Caribbean earlier this month, he took four wickets from two matches.

Like his brother, Rahul did well in the IPL this season. Playing for Mumbai Indians, he took 13 wickets at an economy rate of 6.55. He possesses a similar career economy rate in his T20 career overall.

Rahul hasn't played as many domestic matches for Rajasthan as Deepak, but he has tasted success in his first-class career, with five four-wicket hauls and six five-wicket hauls in 14 matches.

Here is the journey of the two brothers' IPL journey:


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