Lokendrasingh, the father of Deepak Chahar, was hospitalized in Aligarh on December 2 due to a brain stroke and other health issues. Chahar, who was participating in the India-Australia T20I series in Bengaluru, rushed to be with his family.
The right-arm fast bowler, who recently returned to action after an extended injury break, is now expected to be unavailable for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Chahar informed Team India head coach Rahul Dravid and selectors that he wishes to remain by his father’s side until he fully recovers, as he spoke to reporters outside Mithraj Hospital.
“We got him to the hospital on time. Else, it could have been dangerous. His condition is better at the moment. People were asking, why I didn’t play the final T20I against Australia.”
”For me, my father is very important. He made me the player I am. I cannot leave him in this condition and couldn’t go anywhere,” he said.
“That’s why I am staying with my father and once he is out of danger, I will start my journey to South Africa. I have talked to Rahul (Dravid) sir and the selectors. Right now, my father’s condition is better,” Chahar added.
Dainik Jagran reported that Lokendrasingh suffered a brain stroke during a wedding in Aligarh. Initially considering shifting him to another hospital in Delhi, the family faced challenges in doing so.
Chairman of the hospital, Dr. Rajendra Varshney, mentioned that Lokendrasingh’s condition had worsened due to his existing conditions of diabetes and high blood pressure, but he assured that the former Air Force officer is now out of danger.
Deepak Chahar was included in the ODI and T20I squads for the South Africa tour
India and South Africa are scheduled to engage in a series comprising three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests in South Africa. Chahar has been included in both the ODI and T20I teams.
The T20Is are set to kick off on December 10, concluding on December 14, followed by ODIs from December 17 to 21. Subsequently, the Test matches will take place from December 26 to January 7.