Is it your original age or cricketer’s age: Deepak Chahar recalls conversation with Rahul Dravid

Chahar narrowly missed out on a spot in India's T20 World Cup squad but has been named in the reserves.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 15 September 2021 4:37 pm

Indian pacer Deepak Chahar has revealed a hilarious incident from India's recent tour of Sri Lanka. While Chahar was named in the squad, Rahul Dravid travelled with the team as their head coach. The team was filled with youngsters as the main squad with experienced cricketers were in the United Kingdom for the England Tests. In a recent interview, Chahar spoke about a funny conversation with Dravid over his age.

He recalled that when the team had reached the island country for a limited-overs tour, Dravid asked him about his age. When the pacer told the former India captain his age, the legendary cricketer mocked him by asking if he is telling the correct age or the one which is in his records. Dravid outlined that sometimes cricketers get their ages less to have a few more years of playing time. However, Chahar pointed out that he could not have forged his age as his father was working in the Indian Air Force.

Dravid told me that I have 4-5 years of Test cricket left in me: Chahar

"When we reached Sri Lanka, Rahul (Dravid) sir first asked me about my age. I told him I am 28 and will turn 29 soon. So, he was like – ‘is it your original age or cricketer’s age? Then I told him that mine is original because my father was in the Air Force, so there was no way I could forge my age," Chahar said in a conversation with Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

"On a serious note, he (Dravid) also told me that I have 4-5 years of Test cricket left in me. Those words have stayed with me. He has always considered me as a Test bowler and has selected me for red-ball matches for India A. Whenever I have played under him, I have always performed well with both bat and ball. He knows my capability very well," he added.

Chahar narrowly missed out on a spot in India's T20 World Cup squad but has been named in the reserves. He will be playing for the Chennai Super Kings once the IPL 2021 resumes on September 19.

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