Former India opener Aakash Chopra is, no doubt, a thoroughly entertaining commentator. However, fans see a future in scouting for Aakash after his tweet from 2010 resurfaced for all the right reasons earlier this week.
At a time when Indian fast bowling reserves were not as healthy as now, Aakash Chopra got a prediction about Deepak Chahar’s future spot on. As early as 2010, the India cricketer had tweeted about an 18-year-old Deepak, saying he had spotted a young talent whom he believed will shine in the future.
“I’ve spotted a young talent…Deepak Chahar in Rajasthan. Remember his name…you’d see a lot of him in the future,” Aakash Chopra had written in 2010.
Aakash Chopra’s tweet is now a hit among cricket fans, given Deepak Chahar’s rise in international cricket.
On Sunday, Deepak Chahar became the 1st Indian men’s cricketer to pick up a T20I hat-trick. He finished with figures of 6-7 — the best-ever bowling figures in T20I cricket – as he helped India clinch a series win over Bangladesh.
Deepak Chahar also became the 1st bowler to pick up hat-tricks in 2 successful matches in T20 cricket. Deepak followed up the Sunday’s feat with a hat-trick for Rajasthan in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on Tuesday.
Deepak Chahar, who earned the limelight after his performances for Chennai Super Kings over the last two years, told India Today that he relishes challenges and that he never gave up despite facing a lot of hurdles in his nascent career.
“I have always believed in my abilities and that can make a huge difference in anybody’s game. Confidence makes all the difference, provided it is in the right amount. I have been through a lot in my cricket career and that’s why I am no stranger to challenges. In fact, I love them and perhaps, that is what gets the best out of me,” Deepak Chahar said.