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India Chahar isn’t taking T20 spot for granted

Chahar isn’t taking T20 spot: A fit-again Deepak Chahar returned to India’s Twenty20 squad with a match-winning spell in the first one-day international against Zimbabwe on Thursday,

but the 30-year-old is not taking his place in the World Cup squad. Chahar has been a familiar face in the 20-over squad, taking charge with the new ball and providing late cameos with the bat. But he was sidelined for six months in February after suffering a quadriceps tear and then back pain.

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There was no rust on his return as he claimed 3-27, dismissing Zimbabwe’s top three batsmen to set up India’s 10-wicket win in Harare.

Chahar said that he was not busy with his selection for the World Cup in Australia in October-November.

“It’s not in my hands,” he said after collecting the man-of-the-match award.

Skill-wise, though, I’ve worked really hard. There I can say that I have probably picked up where I left off.

“Relax after the first over, whatever ball I bowled, I was happy. It was a seven-over spell, so the fitness is good.”

While Jasprit Bumrah remains India’s automatic pick in all formats, the emergence of fellow seamers Harshal Patel and Arsdeep Singh complicates Chahar’s return to the T20 squad ahead of the World Cup.

“When you’re away for a long period of time, others come in and do well and make their place,” Chahar said.

“To make your place in the team again, you have to perform well.

“So the pressure is always on the player coming back. I just expected to do well when I come back because it’s all in the hands of one player.”

The remaining two ODIs are also scheduled in Harare on Saturday and Monday.

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