With two wickets on successive deliveries in the first over, a hat-trick spread across 2 overs and best-ever T20I international figures, Deepak Chahar walked away with all the plaudits as India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs in Nagpur to clinch the 3-match series 2-1 on Sunday.
Chahar hogged the limelight in the series decider as he ended up with unbelievable figures of 6 for 7. In an inspired performance by the next-generation bowlers, Deepak Chahar and Shivam Dube shared 9 wickets among themselves to pull India out of the nervy moments and help their side series victory at the VCA stadium.
With his magical spell, Chahar broke the previous record which was held by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis (6/8). After being awarded the Man of the Match and Series award, the 27-year-old pacer said he never in his dreams thought of achieving such figures.
“I never thought of this, not even in my dreams. I have been trying to work hard since my childhood and my efforts have paid off,” Chahar told during the post match presentation ceremony.
“Rohit was planning to give me the crucial overs and the management wanted to do the same. I always focus on the next ball, I keep doing that, until I don’t complete my spell,” he added.
At a time when dew played major role in the second innings of the game and Indian bowlers struggled to get their grip on the ball, chahar experimented with his pace to dig out wickets. Chahar’s hat-trick is also the first one by any Indian in T20Is.