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Team India put on a complete performance in the first ODI as they comprehensively defeated Zimbabwe in Harare on 18th August (Thursday). The Men in Blue drubbed the hosts by 10 wickets and went one-nil up in the three-match ODI series. Deepak Chahar, who was making a comeback after a prolonged injury lay-off, led the way with the bowl with an exceptional bowling performance. The Indian pacer also hogged the limelight after sharing some adorable moments with the fans at the venue.
India won the toss and put Zimbabwe to bat. The hosts did not have any answers to India’s outstanding bowling display. They were bundled out for a total of just 189 runs. Chahar set the tone with the ball scalping three wickets in his opening spell. The fast bowler returned with excellent figures of 3/27 in seven overs. He was awarded the player of the match for his brilliant show with the ball. The 30-year-old was later seen interacting with the fans present beyond the fences.
Chahar not only interacted with the Indian fans but also with the Zimbabwe fans. One of the Zimbabwe fans was just amazed by the humbleness of the Indian star bowler and could not believe what she witnessed. She revealed this experience in a conversation with journalist Vimal Kumar.
“It feels good. Honestly, he is very humble. It was great on his part that he allowed me to touch him (laughs), which is uncommon because people aren’t always comfortable. But he is very accommodating,” she said.
‘When the fans are there, you play for them’ – Deepak Chahar said on fans’ presence at the venue post Covid-19.
The prodigious swing bowler acknowledged the fact that the presence of fans at the venue motivates the players to do well, especially when it comes to the longer formats of the game. He also shared his thoughts on his interactions with the fans and stated that everyone dreams to have such moments where they get love from the fans and supporters.
“It feels great (to interact with fans). When you play international cricket and represent your country, you dream of this happening in your childhood. In COVID times, we really missed the fans because there was no one to cheer us. You need that push from the crowd to give that extra effort, especially in the longest formats like one-dayers and Tests. When the fans are there, you play for them,” Chahar said in the post-match presser.