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India vs Sri Lanka 2021: How MS Dhoni inspired Deepak Chahar to play match-winning knock in 2nd ODI?

Deepak Chahar has been in the headlines of Indian cricket for the past couple of days after playing a match-winning knock to win the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni might have something to do with his knock.

India vs Sri Lanka 2021: How MS Dhoni inspired Deepak Chahar to play match-winning knock in 2nd ODI?-ayh
Colombo, First Published Jul 22, 2021, 5:12 PM IST
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India might have found a new batsman in the form of Deepak Chahar. The pacer batted in the lower order and played a gallant knock of 69, allowing India to win the second One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. India took an unassailable 2-0 series lead as a result.

Following Chahar's knock, there were theories on if former Indian skipper MS Dhoni had played a role in that knock, considering both playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Likewise, he stated that he had indeed learnt the art of chasing from his legendary CSK teammate.

"He has had a huge impact on me. Not just CSK, but while growing up, we have all seen how he. He keeps telling me that it is in your hands to take the game till the end. If you can do that, you get some overs, which makes the match thrilling. So, that was the whole idea," he said during a press conference ahead of the third ODI.

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Furthermore, he also gave due credit to the Indian head coach on this tour, Rahul Dravid. Chahar believes that Dravid has the confidence in him, having played similar knocks while on tour with him during his India A stint.

"With Rahul Sir, this is my first tour as an India player, but I have played on many India A tours with him. There were three or four instances when batting came in a similar situation. I played good knocks there too. So, Rahul Sir has that confidence in me. And, that helps when the coach backs you," he added.

However, he refused to consider himself as an all-rounder at the moment. "I have been working on my batting, always. My father is my coach, and when we speak, we always speak about batting. I don't care whether people consider me an all-rounder or not," he concluded.
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