In a bid to give match practice to all players from the squad India made sweeping changes in the team for the match against Afghanistan in Asia Cup.
The absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and Dhoni’s return to captaincy may have made the headlines but it was a special day for Deepak Chahar who made his ODI debut in this game.
Deepak Chahar’s rise has been a story of plenty of twists and turns. When the pacer was 16 years old, he was turned down by Greg Chappell, the director of Rajasthan cricket academy at that time. But Chahar refused to budge down and focused on his bowling.
The reward came just two years later when he stirred the cricket world by bagging eight wickets for just ten runs on his first-class debut match. He soon became an essential cog of Rajasthan’s Ranji team that won back to back Ranji titles.
However his performance in domestic cricket failed to impress the selectors. But an impressive season with Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL brought him back in the lime-light and Chahar soon landed in UAE as a part of India’s squad for Asia Cup.
Fans were excited to see Chahar donning the blue jersey of Team India and soon Twitterati erupted with congratulatory tweets for the pace-bowler.
Afghanistan won the toss against India and elected to bat first in their last Group Four match in the Asia Cup.
India have already booked a place in the finals of the Asia Cup. The men in blue will meet the winner of Pakistan and Bangladesh on September 28.