Many eyebrows were raised when Deepak Chahar strolled into bat at No. 7. Ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar when India was in a spot of bother at 193. Then for 7 in chase of 276 within the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.
But within the Indian dressing room. Headed coach Rahul Dravid, it appears. And made a cognizant choice to send the Chennai Super Rulers bowler to the center.
The choice worked wonders as Deepak Chahar came up with a gallant thump. Then hitting 69 not out his maiden ODI hundred. Chahar included an unbeaten 84-run stand for the 8th wicket. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar to seal an unbeatable 2-0 lead within the 3-match ODI series.
Deepak Chahar showcased a part of composure. And remained calm indeed as Sri Lanka was slipping in a few tight overs. Also after the wicket of Krunal Pandya which most thoughts were the end of India’s chances within the 2nd ODI.
Chahar kept moving the scoreboard amid the introductory stage of his organization. With Bhuvneshwar and stepped on the accelerator after the 43rd over. Deepak hit 7 boundaries and a six as India enlisted their 10th. The progressive win over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in ODI cricket.
Speaking after the match-winning thump. Deepak Chahar said Rahul Dravid trusted his batting capacities. After having seen him perform for India A amid the latter’s tenure as the coach.
“Rahul sir told me to play all the balls. I’ve played numerous innings with India A. And I think he has conviction in me. He told me he considers I’m great sufficient to be a No. 7,” Chahar said.
“He has belief in me. Hopefully, in the coming matches I don’t have to bat. When we came under 50 is when I believed we can win. Before that, it was ball by ball. I took some risks after,” he added.
In any case, India kept losing wickets. And when Krunal fell for 35, Sri Lanka’s camp was the more joyful one. He kept thumping off the runs. The mood within the hosts’ camp changed. Also with head coach Mickey Arthur cutting a disappointing figure.