Deepak Chahar was rejected early in his career by a famous coach: Venkatesh Prasad
Deepak Chahar was rejected early in his career by a famous coach: Venkatesh Prasad In a startling revelation, former Indian fast bowler during late 1990s Venkatesh Prasad has mentioned that India’s 2nd ODI hero against Srilanka, Deepak Chahar had the initial misfortune of getting rejected from Rajasthan cricket Association and the man responsible behind it was former Indian head coach Greg Chappell.
In a tweet, Prasad said, ” Deepak Chahar was reject by Greg Chappell at RCA for his height and told to look at a different occupation. And he single handedly won a match with not even his primary skills. Moral of the story- Believe in yourself and don’t take overseas coaches too seriously.”
Greg Chappell, who had a turbulent two years as India’s head coach during 2005-07 was briefly hire in a consultant capacity with Rajasthan Cricket Association ( RCA). During that period Deepak Chahar was trying to get into the Association as a cricketer. But was apparently snubb by Greg Chappell. Who was not impress with his talent and his height and told him to look at a different profession.
Chappell who was Australia’s greatest batsman during 1970s did not exactly crown himself with glory. Due to his spats with Sourav Ganguly and later Sachin Tendulkar as team India coach during 2005-07.
Now Prasad’s tweets have once again revived Indian cricket fans’ animosity towards Chappell and strong reactions have started coming.
Deepak Chahar has since become the spearhead of CSK bowling attack in IPL. And has already done good deeds as a bowler playing for India. His latest match-winning knock in the Srilanka ODI has enhanced his reputation manifold.
Prasad has further stated that teams should rely on Indian coaches rather than hiring overseas coaches.