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Watch: ‘Yeh Hain Hamara ABD’- Axar Patel has a hilarious conversation with Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar didn't have any problems being forthright that he was struggling in the initial phase of his spell in his comeback match.
Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar
Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar- Source (Twitter)

After being adjudged as the player of the match in the first ODI against Zimbabwe, Deepak Chahar didn’t have any problems being forthright that he was struggling in the initial phase of his spell in his comeback match against Zimbabwe or the fact that it was the first wicket that took all the pressure off him.

India may have rested many of their first-XI cricketers for the three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe, which many would argue, lacks relevance ahead of the Asia Cup in the T20 format and does little in the preparation for the World Cup later this year. But for players like Chahar, KL Rahul, and Kuldeep Yadav, these 50-over games are a silver lining. The three of them are making a return to the side after long layoffs from injury.

The right-arm fast bowler, however, made a strong comeback by scalping three wickets in his spell with the new ball to help India bowl out Zimbabwe for 189 despite a record 70-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Richard Ngarava and Brad Evans.

I look to bowl full and mix the swing- Deepak Chahar

“My plan remains simple when the ball is swinging try to bowl fuller length and take wickets. If the ball isn’t swinging, then there is a plan ‘B’ or ‘C’. Today, it was swinging till the seventh over that I was bowling. So it was simple — bowl a fuller length and mix the swing and confuse the batter,” Chahar said in the post-match press conference after his 3/27 helped India win the match by 10 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Post the Match, he had a chirpy conversation with Axar Patel, who too got three wickets in the match. In the video which was uploaded on the website of the Indian Cricket Board, Axar referred to Chahar as ‘ABD’

Here’s how the conversation unfolded:

Axar Patel: Aj Harare mein main apne saath leke aya hu hamare ABD, hamara bhai Deepak. Toh shurwat mein 2-3 over aap ladkhada rahe the aur uske baad ladkhade ke jo bowling daali aapne… kaise rhthym pakdda aapne? (Today in Harare, I have our ABD, Deepak Chahar with us. You were struggling for the first few overs but then how did you recover?”

Deepak Chahar: Landing area kaafi hard tha, spikes andar jaa hi nahi rahe the. (The landing area was hard and my spikes were not gripping). I started to land properly only when the area got rough. And luckily I got a wicket, which took the pressure off.

Axar Patel: You were out of the side for 2-3 months, what mindset did you have before coming here to Zimbabwe? What was your journey in NCA when you were injured?

Deepak Chahar: Saare cheh mahine ho gaye, do mahine nahi (It’s been 6 and a half months, not two). When you are out for such a long time, you are always eager to make a comeback. It was a tough phase. I was waiting for a long time to come back and play for India again.

Here is the full video interaction: 

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