Rahul Dravid, whose reputation as a coach has been on an upward curve with each passing day hailed India’s “incredible and fantastic” run chase against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the series.
He said that the men in blue were aware of the challenges of a Sri Lankan comeback after a humiliating defeat in the first game, but they were equally prepared to up their game as well and establish their dominance as a “champion side”.
“Obviously we finished on the right side of the result, which is incredible and fantastic but even if we didn’t finish on the right side of the result, it is the fight all the way through was absolutely brilliant, so well done to all of you,” Dravid said in a dressing room video released by the BCCI.
“We said they were going to respond, we knew we had to respect the opposition. The opposition was going to respond, they’re also an international team. They responded, and we responded back like a champion team. With our back to the wall, we found a way to break them. So really well done to all of you. Fantastic job.”
The partnership between Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bailed India out of trouble when all seemed out of their sight. Before them, Suryakumar Yadav had hit his maiden ODI fifty to keep India in the game. However, Dravid chose not to talk about individual performances but also did not downplay their efforts and achievements one bit.
“It is not the right time to talk about individuals at this point, obviously there were some fantastic individual performances, especially towards the end. We had talked about that, we acknowledge and recognise every player’s contribution in this game. If you look at the whole game, there were some very good team performances. So many good performances in our bowling, batting, even at the start, fantastic team performances from all of you,” Dravid added.
One of the principal architects of India’s win, Suryakumar Yadav also hailed the “special” batting credentials of Chahar and Bhuvneshwar. He rated the second ODI between Sri Lanka and India as one of the best games he has been part of as after India triumphed the game by three wickets.
“I don’t have words, I think it is one of the best games which I have been part of, I have seen live… it is an unbelievable victory. Bhuvi, our vintage man and DC, we have been talking about his batting, and today he has proved himself, it was a complete team effort. It was something special from Deepak Chahar,” Suryakumar Yadav said.
The third ODI of the series will be played at the same venue on July 23.