IPL 2022 Auction: 3 teams that might target Deepak Chahar

Chennai Super Kings continued their dream run in the Indian Premier League, clinching the trophy in 2021. They’ll look to continue their excellent form in the next edition and will attempt to catch up to their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in terms of the number of IPL titles. Keeping that in mind, CSK has more or less covered all their bases by retaining ace batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, skipper MS Dhoni and all-rounders in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali ahead of the IPL 2022 Auctions. But, they were forced to let go of a number of match-winners like Faf Du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar.

Deepak Chahar has evolved into a formidable bowler, thanks to a number of variations in his arsenal and his ability to exploit the conditions well. He has a total of 59 IPL wickets to his name with most of them coming off the first six overs. While MS Dhoni likes to use him up front, he’s also shown that he can be quite effective in the death overs as well. So, it should come as no surprise if he ends up attracting quite a bit of attention when he goes under the hammer in the upcoming IPL Player Auctions. In this article, we take a look at three such teams that might target him.

Deepak Chahar to represent Punjab Kings?

1) Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings invested heavily in overseas pacers last year, as they signed Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. But, this gamble didn’t quite pay off as both of them struggled to create an impact. The only silver lining in their bowling attack was Arshdeep Singh who managed to pick up a total of 18 wickets. Given his success, Punjab Kings might look to alter their strategy and look to bolster their squads with Indian bowlers.

In this eventuality, Deepak Chahar should make for a fine pick. Chahar could bowl in tandem with Arshdeep Singh as Punjab Kings look to attack and consolidate their position in the opening overs.

2) Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore have historically struggled with defending totals. The fact that they play half their matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium where the longest boundary is around 6o meters doesn’t exactly help their case. But, Mohammed Siraj whom RCB has retained ahead of the Auctions has grown leaps and bounds as a bowler. He is most likely to be spearheading the bowling attack in the next edition.

But, this still does mean that RCB needs a quality bowler to partner up with Siraj. Deepak Chahar might very well be that bowler given his impressive track record in the Indian Premier League. With Chahar’s inclusion, the Bangalore-based franchise will finally have a fearsome bowling duo. Moreover, he’s also handy with the bat as well, giving RCB the luxury of going into the match with a squad that bats deep.

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3) Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals, having let go of their fast-bowling contingent of Jofra Archer, Chethan Sakariya, Chris Morris, and Mustafizur Rahman will be on the lookout for pacers in a bid to restore the storied franchise to their formal glory. So, RR will have their eyes set on Deepak Chahar ahead of the IPL Player Auctions. His experience playing for the national side is likely to come in handy in a relatively young side like this.

So, those were the three IPL teams that might end up targeting Deepak Chahar in the IPL 2022 Auctions. But, they will need to battle it out with the two new franchises (Team Ahmedabad and Team Lucknow) and his former team, the Chennai Super Kings who’d like him to don the yellow jersey again.

Shreyas D S
A devoted fan of the game ever since I was a foetus, I now write articles to make up for the fact that I wasn't picked for the roadside gully cricket league.

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