Head Coach Rahul Dravid words to Deepak Chahar before he came out to bat in 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka
All the attention and focus is now on Deepak Chahar as he produced the match-winning innings in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo. When Deepak Chahar was batting for India, Rahul Dravid former India captain and the head coach was witnessing few anxious moments inside the dressing room. Deepak Chahar scored his maiden half-century and also led India to an unbelievable win against the host Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI. He revealed what Rahul Dravid had told him before walking out to bat on Tuesday.
Deepak Chahar went out just after the key wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav fell. Suryakumar Yadav looked in good touch and scored his maiden ODI half-century for India. Surya Kumar Yadav lost his wicket after scoring 53 runs off 44 balls. It was finally in the hands of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar to save the match for India. They both pulled it off for India. Their unbeaten partnership of 84 runs for the 8th wicket sealed the game as well as the series for India.
Deepak Chahar was the leading run-scorer in that chase of the target 263. Deepak Chahar who scored 69 runs in that innings also won the player of the match award. After the match was over, the 28-year-old spoke about his innings and revealed what he was told by head coach Rahul Dravid.
Deepak Chahar said at the post-match presentation ceremony that “No better way to win the match for the country. Rahul sir told me to play with all the balls. I’ve played a few innings with India A and I think he has belief in me. He told me he thinks I’m good enough to be No.7. He has belief in me. Hopefully, in the coming matches I don’t have to bat”.
Deepak Chahar concluded by saying that “It was a decent score [to chase] on this wicket. Only one thing that was going on in my mind: this is the kind of innings I’ve been dreaming of. When we came under 50 is when I believed we can win. Before that, it was ball by ball. I took some risks after”.
Deepak Chahar’s knock of 69 is the second-highest by an Indian batsman coming at N0.8. India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stands on the top of the list with his knock of 77 runs against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final in Manchester. But his valiant efforts went in vain as New Zealand won the match, and India failed to qualify in the semi-final.
The third and the final match between India and Sri Lanka will happen venue at R. Premadasa
Stadium at Colombo.