India responded like champions, says Rahul Dravid in dressing room speech


With its again to the wall, Team India responded like champions, mentioned coach Rahul Dravid in an inspiring dressing room speech after his younger facet registered a series-clinching win in the second ODI towards Sri Lanka right here.

Chasing 276 for victory on Tuesday, India had been lowered to 193 for seven in thirty sixth over however Deepak Chahar (69) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19) shared an unbroken 84-run stand to take the guests residence with three wickets in hand and 5 balls to spare.

“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 mentioned in a video posted on BCCI.television.

“We mentioned they had been going to reply, we knew we needed to respect the opposition. The opposition was going to reply, they’re additionally a world staff. They responded, and we responded again like a champion staff.

“With our back to the wall, we found a way to break them. So really well done to all of you. Fantastic job.”

Bhuvneshwar (3/54) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/50) snared three wickets every, whereas Chahar claimed two to limit Sri Lanka to 275 for 9, constructed primarily round half-centuries from opener Avishka Fernando (50) and Charith Asalanka (65).

India discovered the going powerful with Suryakumar Yadav anchoring the chase with a 44-ball 53 however as soon as he was gone, the guests slipped to 193 for seven.

However, Chahar smashed his maiden ODI fifty and in the corporate of Bhuvneshwar took the staff residence.

“It is not the right time to talk about individuals at this point, obviously there were some fantastic individual performances, especially towards the end,” mentioned Dravid, who was named India head coach for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.

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“We had talked about that, we acknowledge and recognise each participant’s contribution in this sport. If you take a look at the entire sport, there have been some superb staff performances.

“So many good performances in our bowling, batting, even at the start, fantastic team performances from all of you.”

The video additionally featured Suryakumar, Bhuvneshwar, and Chahar speaking about their expertise concerning the match.

“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,” Suryakumar mentioned.

“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.”

The third an remaining ODI can be held on Friday.


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