Deepak Chougule plays for Kochi Tuskers

Belgaum boy Deepak Chougule is playing from the Kochi Tuskers in this IPL4 season. He had also represented Bangalore Brigadiers.

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Deepak is right hand batsmen and can also bowl some off break. He has represented India in the Under 19s, Karnataka Under-19s. He bagged the Border-Gavaskar scholarship from the National Cricket Academy and was sent to Australia for training.

The 27 year lad did not play in the first match of IPL 4. But we could soon see him in action.

He made his debut for his state at a junior level in the Under-13 tournament held at Chennai in 1997. On his debut against Goa, he ended up scoring 400 runs in a single day which is a junior world record for the maximum runs scored in a single day of a cricket match.

Deepak as a child was never interested in cricket but Table tennis was his favorite sport and he had won many laurels as well in Table tennis. He initially started playing cricket as a bowler. He decided to shift to batting because of a chance knock that he played for his team at Belgaum. He was in a hurry to catch a bus to participate in a table tennis tournament in Bangalore but his side was about to start batting. Seeing his urgency, the coach Mr. Feroz Shaikh asked him to open the innings. Deepak went on to score a big knock and helped his side to win the game. This convinced Deepak that he had more potential to play as a batsman than as a bowler and he also decided to shun table tennis in favour of cricket.

Deepak initially started playing for Dharwad zone in inter-zonal tournaments. In 1997, he bagged his junior cap for Karnataka when he was selected to play for the state in the “The Sportstar” Under-13 tournament in Chennai. He represented Karnataka in the Under-16 V. Pattabhiraman Trophy and Under-19 Ghulam Ahmed Trophy tournaments. He won his junior cap for India and played a crucial role to enable India to win the Asia cup Under-17 tournament in Dhaka in 2000. He was selected to play for India in the Under-19 cricket world cup held in New Zealand in the year 2002. He batted in the crucial one-down position in the World cup but India failed to progress to the finals having lost to South Africa in the semis.

In the current IPL season he is representing Kochi Tuskers, all the best to him.

 

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