Indian seam bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar has been announced as fully fit and he is set to make a comeback in the upcoming Indian Premier League(IPL) 2023, starting on March 31. The 30-year-old struggled with a couple of major injuries throughout 2022 as he was sidelined from professional cricket for six months.
Deepak Chahar is gearing up for a return
The Agra-born cricketer struggled to recover from a stress fracture and recently, a quad grade 3 tear. He last played for India in the second ODI against Bangladesh in December 2022, where he got injured after bowling three overs.
Chahar was featured in 15 matches for India in 2022 and was ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to injury after making a comeback just a couple of months ago. After going through rehab at National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, he is now gearing up for the IPL where he will be representing the Chennai Super Kings.
“I have been working hard for the past two three months on my fitness, I am fully fit and preparing well for the IPL,” Chahar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I had two big injures. One was a stress fracture and one was a quad grade 3 tear. They are both very big injuries. You are out for months. Anyone who comes back after the injury it takes time, especially for the fast bowlers. If I was a batter, I would be playing way back, but as a fast bowler, when you have a stress fracture, it is very tough to get back on track. You can see other bowlers struggling with the back as well,” he added.
Chahar marked his return to competitive cricket with a First-Class game against Services last month, which was also his only Ranji Trophy appearance. Injuries have plagued Chahar’s career so far as he has failed to seal his place in the Indian team. However, he aims to be a part of the team for the ODI World Cup later in 2023.