Deepak Chahar stresses importance of managing game time and rest


Indian pacer Deepak Chahar said that in coming days, it would be important for the team management to maintain the rhythm of its pacers through adequate game time and also keep them fresh ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at home from October 5 onwards. India’s final assignment before the World Cup at home will be a three ODI series against Australia from September 22 onwards. After this, they will play WC warm-up games against England (September 30) and Netherlands (October 3). India will then start its World Cup campaign on October 8 against the Aussies at Chennai.
“I think both (game time and rest) is important. Rest should be given to players but also, they should get to play matches. Rhythm is important. It is great for a player when he is in a good rhythm and you have to carry it forward. We have these 2-3 matches through which we will get good practice. Australia is a good opponent for us and we will get to learn a lot. It is about keeping them fresh and maintaining their rhythm. It should be management’s call,” said Chahar in an exclusive interview.
Chahar also lauded speedster Mohammed Siraj for his record-shattering spell in the Asia Cup and added that the Indian pace attack being in a good shape helps Men in Blue’s chances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. “I was watching the match, was at a practice. He bowled brilliantly. He has been bowling brilliantly since past year and so, that is why he is our number one bowler. We had not won a big tournament since long so it’s good we won the Asia Cup. It will give us huge boost heading into the WC,” said Chahar.