India have touched down in England and are sweating it out for the short tour of the old blighty. The Rohit Sharma led side will be first playing the rescheduled 5th test match and then a series of ODI and T20 matches. The Indian team for the test matches has already been picked with majority of the senior test players back in the squad. As per reports, Indian team which is slated to play against Ireland in the T20 series could also be playing the white ball series against England.
Deepak Chahar provides update on his fitness –
Deepak Chahar hasn’t played for India ever since injuring his hamstring during the T20 series against West Indies. The soon to be 30 year old swing bowler was expected to make it back in time for the IPL. Reports then came that he was going to make it back for the 2nd half of the tournament. Chahar though missed the entire season much to the sadness of many CSK fans. Chahar while speaking to the Media said “I am bowling four to five overs at one go as per my rehab programme right now. My recovery is going pretty well and I think it will take another four to five weeks for me to get match fit”
Chahar getting fit for West Indies tour?
India tour West Indies post the completion of the England tour, where they will play 3 ODI games and 5 T20 games. Deepak Chahar said “It is a step-by-step process as far as recovery is concerned. I don’t think I will be fit for England T20s. Once I am match fit, I will need to play some club-level games to check my fitness. I can’t say that but I will definitely try and get fit by then. Let’s see.”
India tour of West Indies is slated to begin on 22nd July and end on 7th August. Chahar has India’s best figures in T20 cricket when picked 6 wickets for 7 runs against Bangladesh in 2019. Chahar was picked by CSK for 14.25 Crores during the auctions this year, but his hamstring injury meant he played no games. His loss was evident as Chennai finished 9th in the table with just 4 wins. This was the 2nd time CSK did not make the playoffs, and twice in 3 years since IPL 2020.