Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has applauded Rahul Dravid’s role in the Indian team’s victory in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Despite struggling at 193-7 score in a chase of 276 in the second ODI match, the Indian team won the game with three wickets thanks to Deepak Chahar’s sensational knock of 69 runs.
Deepak Chahar’s and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) sensational unbroken partnership of 84 for the eighth wicket helped the Indian team to win the match against Lankan.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Former Pakistan captain believed that most of the credit for the Indian team’s victory and Chahar’s hitting style should be attributed to coach Dravid. He said:
“Chahar read the situation of the game brilliantly. A lot of credit for the same must go to Rahul Dravid, under whom these youngsters are being trained in Sri Lanka. A very good team environment is being built. He himself is a young coach.”
“Dravid talks less, and that is one of the secrets to success as a coach. One should not overburden the mind with too many thoughts or ideas, which creates unnecessary confusion. And there was definitely no confusion in the manner in which Chahar played a great innings. In his fifth one-dayer, he played an amazing knock and won them a match, which seemed like a lost cause at one point.”
Raja further talked about Sri Lankan players and asked them to take inspiration from Indian young cricketers and improve their game. he said;
“Sri Lanka must take inspiration from Indian youngsters, who play fearless cricket and enjoy themselves. The hosts put up a challenging score on the board batting first. But Deepak Chahar played a fabulous innings. I have no words to describe his innings. Under pressure, he showed immense strength and calmness.”
In the second ODI match Sri Lanka after winning the toss and batted first, and put up a competitive total of 275 for 9 on the scoreboard. However, despite reducing the Indian team to 160 for 6, Sri Lanka failed to win the match.