India Deputy Captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar said coach Rahul Dravid’s decision was to send Deepak Chahar and he justified it with an “incredible” kick to steer the team to a stunning three-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the second ODI here.
Chahar hit an undefeated 69 and secured a continuous 84-game winning streak with Bhuvneshwar (19) for eight goals to help India take a 2-0 lead in the three-ODI series.
“… Our goal was to play to the last ball, last, so we wanted to take it as deep as possible so we could score runs. The only plan was to play to the last and the way Deepak was beating, it was amazing, “Bhuvneshwar told a virtual press conference after the match late Tuesday night.
“Look, he’s played under coach Rahul Dravid before in India A or some series and he also scored there. So Dravid knew he could fight and hit a few balls, so that was the call of Dravid.
“And the way he beats, Chahar proved to be right. We all know he can fight, he’s been to the Ranji Trophy many times, so it wasn’t hard, but it’s good to see the way he scored the tracks. “
Chasing 276 for victory, India balanced at 193 for 7, but Chahar and Bhuvneshwar helped India record a memorable victory with five spare balls.
“The only chat and plan was to play until the end. We never thought we could win from now on. Even when we needed 1 run (3 tracks), we took one ball. Deepak never let the speed exceed six.” said Bhuvneshwar.
“He almost played risk-free shots, where he got a few limits and brought the required speed to under six. At no stage did we think we would win or lose. We played according to the situation and took the ball.”
Bhuvneshwar said Dravid, who is coaching a senior team for the first time, was thrilled with the show organized by the team.
“… you get tense, especially when you’re sitting outside, you know it usually happens. I didn’t see him much when I was on cotton wool, but when he came down, he just greeted both of them and the whole team.
“He was very delighted, especially for the way we performed when we were five or six down and then the way Deepak was beating.”
Chahar, who came back with numbers 2 to 53, used the knuckle to perfection, and Bhuvneshwar said he did well.
“Deepak has always bowled balls for knuckles. He has always had it and he performs well.
“As for my bowling, both matches were friendly and extremely hot. It becomes difficult for the bowlers.
I’m happy with the way I’ve bowled. “
Bhuvneshwar also dismissed any concerns about comprehensiveness Hardik Pandyais fitness.
“… As far as I know, there is no noise or anxiety. So, I’m sure it’s fine,” he said.
India have conceded 76 runs in the last 10 overtimes in the first ODI and 80 runs in the second game, but Bhuvneshwar was unperturbed.
“Definitely, as a strategic part, you always turn to the spinners for the cup, a few overs after 40. Because there are five outfielders out of the circle.
“… I don’t think it’s worrying that we’ve conceded 80 runs or 76 runs in the last 10 overs, as the team is always looking to score. As bowling, we’re all happy with the way we’ve bowled the last two games. “he signed.