The Indian cricket squad has taken an unassailable lead in the 3-match ODI series by 2-0 after registering a sensational win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. The team which was given the tag of the second string squad by the former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga proved that this team may lack experience in comparison to the team which is being headed by Virat Kohli but it doesn’t lack determination and grit.
The second ODI was also played at R. Premdasa stadium and after winning the toss, the hosts decided to bat first. The start of the Sri Lankan innings was pretty good as their openers Avishka Fernando (50) and Minod Bhanuka (36) produced a partnership of 77 runs for the first wicket. Charith Asalanka (65) and Chamika Karunaratne (44) also made useful contributions which helped the Sri Lankan team in posting a total of 275/9 on the score board. For the Indian side, the vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 3-3 wickets each while Deepak Chahar dismissed two Sri Lankan batsmen.
The target was not that big but this time, the Sri Lankan bowlers were prepared in a better manner and they didn’t let the Indian openers Prithvi Shaw (13) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) bat as freely as they did in the first ODI. Ishan Kishan who scored a brilliant half-century in the first ODI got out on the score of 1 but Suryakumar Yadav once again played a responsible innings of 53 runs. While Hardik Pandya was not able to open his account, Krunal Pandya got out at 35 but Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ensured that the Indian squad wins the series by attaining victory in the second ODI.
There was a time when team India had lost 7 wickets at the score of 193 and it felt as if the hosts would level the series but Deepak Chahar played a smashing knock of 69 runs not out for which he played 82 balls and his innings included 7 fours and 1 six. He was well supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scored 19 runs not out and India achieved the target with 5 balls remaining in their innings.
Deepak Chahar was adjourned as the Player of the Match for his superb knock and 2 wickets. During the presentation ceremony, he says that there can’t be a better way than this to win the match for the nation and this is what a player dreams of when he starts playing for the country. He added that he was told by the head coach Rahul Dravid that he should play all the deliveries and as he played some useful knocks of India A in the past, Dravid had faith in him and told him that he can be the no. 7 in the team.
Chahar further said that as the Indian team has a wonderful batting lineup, he may not even get a chance to bat in the coming games and this was his first time in such a pressure situation. While talking about chasing the target, he said that they played ball by ball and it was only after the target came under 50, he started playing big shots.
While the social media users praised Deepak Chahar for his sensational knock, netizens and cricket lovers also appreciated Rahul Dravid for his guidance.
This is how people reacted:
Some of the youngsters have been fortunate to be guided by Rahul Dravid at an early stage in their careers.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 18, 2021
— Nikhil Mamani (@Nikhil_Mamani) July 18, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 18, 2021
The discipline, love and care for opponent under Rahul Dravid. pic.twitter.com/U9I8GHpP4Y
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 18, 2021
''All this going around is not aggression. If you want to see aggression look into Rahul Dravid’s eyes" – Matthew Hayden
— Punologist™ (@Punology1) July 18, 2021
— neha🤍 (@inlostworlld) July 20, 2021
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 18, 2021
— Jay Desai (@desaijay443) July 20, 2021
— Sunil The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) July 18, 2021
— Logan (@loguoff) July 20, 2021
— Apurw gaurav||अपूर्व गौरव||اپور گور (@GauravApurw) July 20, 2021
— Sherlock (@Engineeroast) July 18, 2021
— Vamshi Krishna (@vamshi4499) July 20, 2021
— neha🤍 (@inlostworlld) July 20, 2021
Who’s the coach😎 #INDvSL
— Sachin Gupta (DOGRA) 🇮🇳 (@padotrasachin) July 20, 2021
Rahul Dravid’s contribution towards the Indian cricket is immense and he certainly deserves all the respect and praises of the world. Well done team India and the coach!