Deepak Chahar is currently battling with a quadricep injury, which ruled him out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Chahar picked the injury during the third T20I against the West Indies. If recent reports are to be believed, right-arm swing bowlers will need several weeks to recover thus is likely to miss a large part of the Indian T20 League.
The Agra-born player was bought by Chennai last month during the mega auction at a price of 14 crores. If he misses out, it will be a big blow as Chennai are heavily reliant on Chahar. The bowling all-rounder has been part of the Yellow Brigade since 2018 and has emerged as the strike bowler with the new ball.
In the 63 games, Chahar has played, he has 59 scalps to his name, averaging 29.18 and at an economy rate of 7.80. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the franchise is awaiting the final assessment of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The 29-year-old is currently recovering at the NCA.
Chahar was one of the hot buys going into the mega auction, especially with the improved batting skills. The 20 T20I player entered the auction at a base price of 2 crores INR. First up, Delhi and Kolkata showed interest in the player. In the surprising turn of events, Chennai decided to enter the battle when the prices reached 11 crores. However, they had to battle with Rajasthan and briefly Hyderabad but managed to nab their strike bowler in the end. This is the first time Chennai has paid more than 10 crores for a player.