Expectedly, Deepak Chahar is the toast of the town. The teenaged swing bowler with figures of 8-10 on First Class debut had shot out Hyderabad for 21 --- incidentally on VVS Laxman's birthday.
The team which holds the record for the highest Ranji Trophy score — 944-6 against Andhra in the 1993-94 season — now also holds the record for the lowest.
However, this astonishing batting collapse wasn't triggered by demons in the wicket. Aakash Chopra, playing this game for Rajasthan, notes that there was assistance for pacers, but not enough for such devastating results.
Comparing him to such swing experts as Manoj Prabhakar, Praveen Kumar and RP Singh, Aakash says:
Chahar has a brilliant wrist position that allows him to bowl with the seam upright. Like we say in Delhi, uske haath mein swing hai [his hand has the swing]. The outswingers got the edges, the inswingers got them lbw and bowled.
A look at the highlight reel suggests Chahar, a lanky 18-year-old, operates around the 130kmph mark,Read More »from The making of Deepak Chahar