Former India player Venkates Prasad has revealed that the winner Deepak Chahar, who did well in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, was once told to quit cricket and find another job by Australian coach Greg Chapel during the cricket academy in Rajasthan.
The 28-year-old Chahar played a match won by the match in ODI’s second victory over Sri Lanka.
Prasad was referring to the time when Chapel was appointed director of Cricket at the Rajasthan Cricket Academy by a former IPL boss Lalit Modi after resigning from the position of coach of India.
“Deepak Chahar was rejected by Greg Chapel in the RCA because of his height and was told to look at a different profession. And he single-handedly won a match even without his basic skills,” Prasad tweeted.
“The moral of the story – Believe in yourself and don’t take coaches overseas too seriously,” said Prasad, 51, who played 33 tests with 96 straps between 1996 and 2001.
Mostly right-handed at average speed, Chahar, coming out at number eight, hit 82 balls 69 to help India achieve three wins in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
“There are exceptions outside the course, but with such wonderful talent in India, it’s time for teams and franchisees to consider having Indian coaches and mentors as much as possible,” Prasad said.