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Shikhar Dhawan
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Suryakumar Yadav Is A Great Player And We Enjoy Watching Him Bat: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian skipper was extremely pleased with the effort put in by the Indian players in the first T20I as India defeated Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India managed a total of 164 runs in 20 overs while batting in Colombo.

Then, the bowlers performed splendidly as they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 126 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking four wickets. Suryakumar Yadav scored 50 off 34 balls, his second half-century in his fourth T20 International, and was involved in a 62-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Image-AP
Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Image-AP

Shikhar Dhawan: Suryakumar Yadav Is A Great Player And It’s Enjoyable To Watch Him Batting

Shikhar Dhawan after the match lauded Suryakumar Yadav for his 360-degree batting as he said that the 30-year-old is an “amazing” player to watch.

“He(Surya) is a great player and we enjoy watching him bat. He took the pressure from me and the way he plays calculated shots was amazing to watch,” Dhawan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

While Shikhar Dhawan admitted that he thought they were “10-15 runs short”, he also assessed that it wasn’t too bad in terms of recovery.

“I feel we played quite well after losing early wickets. It was about one or two boundaries, we knew we could get going.”

Already one of India’s best batters in the ODIs, Suryakumar Yadav played the defining innings in the first T20I, producing the game’s only half-century – with 50 off 34. Where others struggled for timing on this surface, Suryakumar Yadav’s batting was effortless.

Shikhar Dhawan Was Confident That Spinners Will Do Well As Debutant Varun Chakravarthy, Krunal Pandya, And Yuxzvendra Chahal Bowled Well

Shikhar Dhawan was confident that his spinners would do well and it was vindicated by Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya with debutant Varun Chakravarthy doing well to make a late comeback.

“They were playing well. We knew our spinners will do the job on that wicket. Bhuvi bowled well, so was KP (Krunal). Everyone stood up and even Varun too playing his first match did well giving a few runs and got the wicket. He’s (Varun) difficult to pick, I am very happy for him.”

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya-Instagram

Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka felt that a target of 165 was gettable.

“I think 164 was chaseable on this wicket. I think their bowlers upfront started really well. And then there were not enough middle-order batters to finish the game. I think our bowlers did an amazing job. I hope we come out and do better than this in the next game,” Shanaka commented.
As has been the case right through the tour, Sri Lanka was decent with the ball, containing India to 164 for 5, but their batting let them down once more. Between the end of the 5th and 16th over, Sri Lanka scored only 69 runs and lost five wickets. Essentially, with the likes of debutant Varun Chakravarthy impressing, and Yuzvendra Chahal delivering another outstanding spell, Sri Lanka lacked the firepower to mount a serious challenge.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with the game’s best figures of 4 for 22, having been more economical than any of his compatriots, except Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 1 for 19 from his four overs.
India 164 for 5 (Suryakumar 50, Dhawan 46, Chameera 2-24, Hasaranga 2-28) beat Sri Lanka 126 (Asalanka 44, Bhuvneshwar 4-22, Chahar 2-24) by 38 runs
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
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Too Early To Consider Chetan Sakariya An Option For 2021 T20I World Cup, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra believes it’s still too early for India to consider Chetan Sakariya as an option for the T20 World Cup. The venerable pundit said despite his highly impressive ODI debut, the young left-arm pacer is still developing and can’t be looked at par with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.

Chetan Sakariya picked up two crucial wickets in the final India-Sri Lanka ODI, giving away just 34 runs from his eight overs.  Chetan Sakariya made his debut for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. The left-arm pacer made a big impact and bagged 7 wickets in 7 matches.

Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)
Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)

Aakash Chopra: Chetan Sakariya’s Variations And Left Arm Angle Is An Advantage But He Isn’t An Option For The T20I World Cup After Just One Good Performance

The 23-year-old got just a 2-over spell in the powerplay. He then returned to bowl at a time when the hosts were running away with the game and brought his team back with consecutive strikes.

“It (Chetan Sakariya’s variations and left-arm angle) could be an advantage but we should never take our eyes off the big picture and analyze everything in a balanced manner. He played the first game here, which is in itself a tough job. He has only played 10 List A matches and then got just a 2-over spell upfront on debut. “

“Coming back from all that and still performing well is an arduous task and he did all that so you earmark him as a good bowler and observe his development. But you can’t, after just one good performance, think of him straightaway as an option for the T20 World Cup,” Aakash Chopra told ESPNcricinfo.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former opener cited the example of Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Mongia to explain how ‘wildcard’ players tend to be unsuccessful in World Cups.

“When you pick a 15-member team for an ICC event, I believe you should pick those guys you have observed and analyzed for a long time. When you find someone out-of-the-box, mark him for the future and not for the present.

“We have the example of Vijay Shankar from 2019 and Dinesh Mongia before that. There’s always one wildcard entry in every World Cup and Chetan Sakariya might be the one this time, but, I have never seen any wildcard perform well yet,” Aakash Chopra added.

With an unassailable lead of 2-0, Team India handed debuts to five players ahead of the third and final ODI game against Sri Lanka on Friday. While the inexperience may have cost Shikhar Dhawan’s side the match, there was plenty to take away from the lost cause, one being Chetan Sakariya’s debut in the Indian jersey.

The Rajasthan Royals pacer picked up his maiden wicket in the form of Bhanuka Rajapaksa (65) when Krishnappa Gowtham (another debutant) took a splendid catch at fine leg to dismiss him after the Lankan batter was dropped by Shikhar Dhawan for 31 while Chetan Sakariya dropped him 11 runs later.

His second wicket was more fulfilling for the viewers to watch when he followed up his maiden international wicket with a slower ball. Completely deceived by the variation, Dhananjaya de Silva fell caught and bowled.

Aakash Chopra Doubts Whether Chetan Sakariya Will Play The First T20I After Impressive Performance In The 3rd And His Debut ODI

When asked whether Chetan Sakariya will warrant a place in the first T20I on Sunday (July 25), Aakash Chopra replied negatively. He lauded the youngster but said he’d still go with the experience of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.

“I really liked Chetan Sakariya’s performance. He bowled two overs upfront and then returned with a host of back-of-hand slower ones, bouncers, yorkers, from over the stumps and around the stumps; he is a brilliant bowler. But can I play him in the first match? Probably not, I’ll go with Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Deepak) Chahar,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

The first of the three T20Is starts at 8:00 PM IST in Colombo on Sunday (July 25). The final match of the India and Sri Lanka ODI series ended in the favor of the home team. The Sri Lankan cricket team snapped its 9-year-long winless streak in home ODIs against Team India to end the 3-match series on a winning note.

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India 225 (Prithvi Shaw 49, Sanju Samson 46; Akila Dananjaya 3/44, Praveen Jayawickrama 3/59) lost to Sri Lanka 227/7 (Avishka Fernando 76, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 65; Rahul Chahar 3/54, Chetan Sakariya 2/34) by 3 wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Test Future To Be Taken By BCCI After T20I World Cup

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t played a Test match since January 2018 owing to injury and fitness issues. Now, according to reports, a call on the experienced pacer’s Test future is likely to be taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the conclusion of the forthcoming T20I World Cup.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exclusion from the Test squad became a talking point after India’s pacers struggled to make an impression in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Won’t Be Pushed To Play Tests Before 2021 T20I World Cup

According to a report, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s name was also discussed as a replacement for injured players in England. But the BCCI concluded it was important to test the pacer’s fitness first before bringing him back for the longer format.

A top BCCI official said: “The board had a discussion with Bhuvneshwar. It has been decided that he won’t be pushed to play Test cricket before the T20 World Cup. He has to first play three-four First-Class games. He hasn’t played the longer format for over three years. There’s a chance of him breaking down if he suddenly resumes playing Test cricket.”

The report added that a call on Bhuvneshwar Kumar playing Tests will be taken before the tour of South Africa in December. Having recovered from yet another injury, Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a comeback to the Indian team during the limited-overs leg of the home series against England.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

He was impressive on return and was the man of the match in the deciding T20I with figures of 2 for 15. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also claimed 3 for 42 in the final ODI of the series against England. The 31-year-old is currently in Sri Lanka as the vice-captain of a young limited-overs squad.

He had a memorable time in the second ODI of the three-match series, picking up three wickets and then scoring an unbeaten 19 as India clinched the three-match series. He has grappled with recurring injuries in the last three years. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018 and was recently overlooked from the 20-men squad for the upcoming Test summer in England.

In his only Test series in England (in 2014) to date, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had shared the Man of the Series award with England’s James Anderson on the back of picking 19 wickets in five Tests at an average and strike rate of 26.63 and 54.5 respectively. The 31-year-old right-arm pacer has not played multi-day format cricket since January 2018 when he appeared in a Test in South Africa.

BCCI To Send Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav To England As Cover For Injured Players

Meanwhile, the BCCI has decided to send two players from the Sri Lanka tour, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, to England as cover for injured players for the Test series. After Shubman Gill was ruled out of the Test series due to a shin injury, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan have also suffered finger injuries.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

On reaching the UK, both Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will have to undergo quarantine, which means they won’t be available for the first Test in Nottingham.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta
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It’s A Good Opportunity To Send Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Prithvi Shaw To England After Sri Lanka Series Concludes, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, former Indian wicket-keeper has suggested a couple of players, who could be sent to the UK ahead of the five-match Test series against England, which starts on August 4 in Nottingham.

Team India has been marred by a couple of injury bowls. After opener Shubman Gill was ruled out with a knee injury, pacer Avesh Khan and all-rounder Washington Sundar are also set to miss the high-profile Test series.

Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta On England Series:

Speaking on his YouTube channel ‘Deep Point’, Deep Dasgupta said Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar can be handy options in English conditions.

“With Avesh Khan ruled out even though he was a net bowler, it is a good opportunity to send Deepak Chahar or even Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Both are swing bowlers and are in good form and will be useful in English conditions. They are making the white ball swing, so they can definitely swing the red Duke ball in England.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
The young fast bowler from Madhya Pradesh, Avesh Khan reportedly fractured his finger while fielding for Select County XI during the warm-up game against India on July 20.

In his only Test series in England (in 2014) to date, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had shared the Man of the Series award with England’s James Anderson on the back of picking 19 wickets in five Tests at an average and strike rate of 26.63 and 54.5 respectively.

The 31-year-old right-arm pacer has not played multi-day format cricket since January 2018 when he appeared in a Test in South Africa.

Deep Dasgupta: Sending Prithvi Shaw As An Opener Won’t Be A Bad Idea

With Shubman Gill ruled out, management has requested BCCI to send Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal as reserve openers. However, the offer was turned down by the selection committee which resulted in a lot of chaos. But Deep Dasgupta believes having an in-form Prithvi Shaw in England will give India a lot of flexibility in the five-match Test series.

“There has been a debate about sending openers in the last few days but I think the kind of form Prithvi Shaw is in, he can be a good choice. Obviously there is (Abhimanyu) Easwaran, there is Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, but sending Prithvi will not be a bad idea,” Deep Dasgupta added.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw missed being a part of the 20-member squad for the five-match Test series against England. All-rounder Hardik Pandya also was not picked as it seems he is still some time away from bowling full throttle. A notable miss also was pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Prithvi Shaw earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs).

The IPL 2020 in the UAE last year did not help his cause, as Prithvi Shaw registered three ducks. Even as he was picked for the tour of Australia, after the two nightmarish outings against the pink ball in Adelaide in 2020-21, the door seemingly shut on him. He then worked upon his technique which worked wonders.

India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
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Even This India B Team Touring Sri Lanka Can Certainly Beat Pakistan, Says Danish Kaneria

Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan leg-spinner feels the Indian team that is touring Sri Lanka (to which he referred to as India’s B team) has been performing exceedingly well. He has been impressed with the way Rahul Dravid has infused confidence in chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Team India dominated Sri Lanka in the first ODI and sealed the series with a thrilling win in the second game. Danish Kaneria feels the way this Indian team is playing, they also have the capability to beat a full-strength Pakistan side if the two play against each other which isn’t happening nowadays due to political tensions across the borders.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Danish Kaneria: Even This India B Team Can Certainly Beat Pakistan

Half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan helped India register a comfortable 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan led from the front with an unbeaten knock of 86 and he was well supported by Prithvi Shaw (43) and Ishan Kishan (59) as India chased down the 263-run target comfortably at the R Premadasa stadium.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 262 for nine from their allotted 50 overs. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Deepak Chahar all picked up two wickets apiece. Prithvi Shaw, for his explosive cameo, was adjudged player of the match.

“The way this Indian team is performing, the way Rahul Dravid has worked with the Indian team he deserves all the praise. The way he has motivated Kuldeep Yadav, even this India B team can certainly beat Pakistan,” Danish Kaneria said on his YouTube Channel.

After impressing in the first ODI with two wickets, Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless while giving away 55 runs in the 2nd ODI. Likely to get another chance in the third ODI, Kuldeep Yadav needs more wickets if he is to keep his confidence high. Yuzvendra Chahal followed his impressive figures of 2/52 in the 1st ODI with even better figures of 3/50 off 10 overs in the 2nd ODI.

Danish Kaneria: Playing IPL 2021 In UAE Will Keep Indian Team In Good Stead

The three-match T20I series against hosts Sri Lanka will be the last piece of international cricket for India before the all-important upcoming T20 World Cup in October-November. While many may believe the lack of international games may hurt India, most of the players will be playing the second phase of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE just before the showpiece event.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

Danish Kaneria feels the Indian players will get accustomed to the pitches in UAE and playing in these conditions will definitely give them the required practice before such a big tournament. The former Pakistan spinner has tipped India and West Indies to make it to the final of the T20 World Cup. Both teams are doing well on sluggish pitches and this could certainly be the case in the UAE.

“India are not playing any limited over cricket before the T20 World Cup but playing IPL will keep them in good stead. I think it will be India vs West Indies in the final,” Danish Kaneria concluded.

In the 2nd ODI, Deepak Chahar’s unbeaten 69 saw India recover from 193 for 7 to chase down 276 in Colombo. Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) featured in an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to rescue India after a batting collapse. The third ODI of the India-Sri Lanka series will be played in Colombo on Friday, July 23.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Said Deepak Chahar Told Him That He Bats Well Even 10 Years Ago

Aakash Chopra has lauded tailender pacer Deepak Chahar’s immense self-belief in his batting, even as far back as 10 years ago.

Deepak Chahar smashed an unbeaten 69 and strung together an unbroken 84-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scored 19* to help Team India register an improbable three-wicket win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka despite being 193/7 at one stage.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

Aakash Chopra Said Deepak Chahar Told Him That He Bats Well Even 10 Years Ago

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke in glowing terms about Deepak Chahar’s self-confidence. The former shared his own interactions with the seam-bowling all-rounder when he was associated with the Rajasthan team to drive home his point.

“Deepak Chahar is a story of belief, there is so much self-belief in him that sometimes it feels, it is over-confidence. Even ten years ago, when I met him, he used to tell me that he bats well, hits fours and sixes, and that I am giving him less batting. Whenever you talk to him, he talks about bowling but it is not possible that he will not talk about his batting.”

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Deepak Chahar’s ‘impeccable’ shot selection was a feature of his batting.  The Agra-born medium pacer, Deepak Chahar was a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2012 but didn’t get a game, donned the RPS jersey for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, and represented the Chennai Super Kings from 2018 onwards. Young 28 years old Deepak Chahar plays for the stateside Rajasthan in domestic cricket.

“There were two or three very important parts of his batting. Firstly, the self-belief that he can win the match from here. Secondly, his shot selection. The calmness with which he played and the shot selection, it was almost impeccable.”

Deepak Chahar walked to the crease when Team India was in a spot of bother, having lost six wickets with just 160 runs on the board and needing another 116 runs for victory. The 28-year-old paced his innings to perfection to take the Shikhar Dhawan-led side across the line.

Aakash Chopra: Deepak Chahar Has Also Contributed With The Ball By Taking 2 Wickets

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Deepak Chahar had helped Team India to an unlikely win by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

“There is no difference in his saying and doing, he is the same guy. A match which seemed India cannot win, they won that match as well. Deepak Chahar snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. It was that kind of a victory.”

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar

The 43-year-old signed off by stating that other than his match-defining knock, Deepak Chahar made a decent contribution with the ball as well.

“Of course, he took two wickets as well. He didn’t get wickets with the new ball, so what, but he has taken two wickets each in both the matches with the old ball. And here he played an extremely important knock and hit the winning the shot to win India not only the match but the series.”

Deepak Chahar scalped the wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga during the Sri Lankan innings. Both batsmen were completely deceived by the right-arm swing bowler’s knuckle deliveries.
MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni, Deepak Chahar Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI
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Playing With MS Dhoni At CSK In IPL Helped Mentally Strong Deepak Chahar: Mohammad Kaif

Mohammad Kaif reckons to share a dressing room and playing alongside CSK skipper MS Dhoni for years must have helped Deepak Chahar keep his nerve in the tight run chase against Sri Lanka in the second ODI.

India looked down and out while chasing 276 for victory as they struggled at 193-7 at one point. However, Deepak Chahar (69*), along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19*), formed an unbeaten 84-run partnership to guide India to victory in the final over of the game.

Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif

Mohammad Kaif: Playing With MS Dhoni At CSK In IPL Helped Mentally Strong Deepak Chahar

Mohammad Kaif took to Instagram to congratulate Deepak Chahar for his brilliant knock, stating that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seamer brings a lot of street smartness to international cricket.

Indian pacer Deepak Chahar was one of the top performers of CSK with 22 wickets in 17 matches averaging 21.9 in IPL 2019. He picked 12 scalps in 14 games in IPL 2020 and 8 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021. He has picked up 53 wickets from 55 matches so far averaging 27.62.

“Deepak Chahar showed today he is a sharp and smart fighter. He is mentally strong and very entertaining – he brings a bit of mohalla cricket to the international field. Playing with the world’s best finisher Dhoni at CSK also helps, ” said Mohammad Kaif.

Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI
Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI

The 28-year-old was a bit expensive in the second ODI with the ball as he conceded 53 runs in his eight overs. The bowler, however, returned with two wickets, including a brilliant slower delivery that castled Wanindu Hasaranga. But, Deepak Chahar on Tuesday night garnered all the attention as he played a remarkable inning to take India home in the 2nd ODI in Colombo.

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav, who also notched his maiden ODI fifty and ended up scoring 53 off 44 balls, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar teamed up and stitched an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to finish the chase successfully.

Deepak Chahar Reveals Rahul Dravid Told Him He’s Good Enough To Be A No. 7 Batsman And Told Him To Play All The Balls

Deepak Chahar walked in to bat when the score was 160-6, with the target still more than 100 runs away. After the win, the 28-year-old revealed that Rahul Dravid had advised him to stay in the middle and play all the balls.

Speaking after the game, Deepak Chahar said: “Only one thing that was going on in my mind: this is the kind of innings I’ve been dreaming of. No better way to win the match for the country. Rahul sir told me to play all the balls. I’ve played a few innings with India A and I think he has belief in me. He told me he thinks I’m good enough to be a No. 7.”

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Virat Kohli, who is currently in England, kept an eye on the proceedings of the game. After India’s win, the Indian skipper lauded Deepak Chahar’s efforts and his ability to play a crucial knock under pressure.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar
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Pakistan’s Batsmen Should Learn From Deepak Chahar After His 69* Gives India Victory: Danish Kaneria

Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan spinner has praised tailender pacer Deepak Chahar for his brilliant innings in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Deepak Chahar’s unbeaten 69 saw India recover from 193 for 7 to chase down 276 in Colombo.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) featured in an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to rescue India after a batting collapse.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

Danish Kaneria: Pakistan’s Batsmen Should Learn From Deepak Chahar

On his YouTube channel, former spinner Danish Kaneria lauded Deepak Chahar’s knock and urged Pakistan’s batsmen to learn from him.

“Full credit to Deepak Chahar. Pakistan’s batsmen should learn from him. Deepak Chahar took the game till the very end. He stood at the wicket, rotated the strike smartly and picked up a the odd boundary here and there. Chahar had that key partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the end. Although Kumar only scored 19, it was as good as a 50 on the day,” Danish Kaneria said.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Danish Kaneria pointed out that Deepak Chahar took inspiration from former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s philosophy of taking the game till the end. Incidentally, MS Dhoni is Deepak Chahar’s captain at Chennai Super Kings.

The former Pakistan cricketer added: “Thanks to Chahar and Kumar, India won the series and now we could see some changes in the final ODI. But today (Tuesday) was Chahar’s day. He first claimed two wickets and then batted very sensibly. He did not play any unnecessary shots and applied MS Dhoni’s philosophy of taking the game till the end if wickets fall. It was an outstanding performance by India.”

CSK failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of the tournament in IPL 2020. Chennai Super Kings though performed brilliantly in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The MS Dhoni-led side finished second on the points table with 5 wins from 7 seven games before the tournament came to an abrupt halt.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: It Was Rahul Drabvid’s Call To Send Deepak Chahar Earlier Which Was Proved Right

Following India’s impressive win, Bhuvneshwar Kumar revealed that it was the team management’s decision to send Deepak Chahar to bat ahead of him in the second ODI. The vice-captain of the side explained that coach Rahul Dravid was aware of pacer Deepak Chahar’s skills with the willow having seen him bat on India ‘A’ tours.

After having a forgettable outing in the first ODI – where he conceded 63 runs in 9 overs – Bhuvneshwar Kumar improved his figures to 3/54 in the second ODI. Deepak Chahar apart from his 69* picked a couple of wickets.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

At a post-match press conference, Kumar explained: “Look, he’s played with our coach Rahul Dravid before for India ‘A’ and some other series’ and he scored there as well. So, he (Dravid) knew he (Chahar) could bat and he can hit a few balls. So that was his call and the way he batted proved him right. We all know he can bat, he has done it many times. It wasn’t a tough call but it’s just good to see the way he scored runs.”

Charith Asalanka celebrates his half-century, Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 20, 2021© ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
Charith Asalanka celebrates his half-century, Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 20, 2021© ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
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Charith Asalanka: The Sri Lankan Team And Coaches Are Still Emotional After Heartbreaking Loss In The 2nd ODI

Charith Asalanka, who had top-scored for Sri Lanka with 65, described what it was like to see the opposition’s eighth-wicket partnership take the game away.
After a stretch of losses, Sri Lanka had an ODI victory in their grasp, but let it slip. For a team low on confidence, it had to have been devastating.
Charith Asalanka top-scored for Sri Lanka with 65 ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
Charith Asalanka top-scored for Sri Lanka with 65 ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Charith Asalanka: The Sri Lankan Team And Coaches Are Still Emotional After Heartbreaking Loss In The 2nd ODI

In the previous England tour, a fifth straight Twenty20 series defeat was followed by two one-day international losses with only rain in the final match-saving them from a complete tour whitewash. Before that, Sri Lanka lost to hosts Bangladesh 2-1 in ODIs in May 2021.

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav, who also notched his maiden ODI fifty and ended up scoring 53 off 44 balls, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar teamed up and stitched an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to finish the chase successfully.
“We’re all emotional – the team and coaches are all emotional,” he said.
“We’re a young team. We haven’t won much recently, and we’re trying to do our best to play together for our country. Everyone tried hard and took it to the final over, but unfortunately, we couldn’t win.”
Avishka Fernando © AFP
Avishka Fernando© AFP
Pretty much like the series opener, most of the Sri Lankan batsmen got starts but failed to capitalize after the hosts opted to bat. Avishka Fernando (50 off 71) and Charith Asalanka (65 off 68) struck fine half-centuries but the home team wasn’t disciplined enough to post an imposing total. Chamika Karunaratne (44 not out off 33) came up with another timely cameo to take the team past 270.

Charith Asalanka Need To Fix Sloppy Fielding On Display In The 2nd ODI

Sri Lanka had also saved two overs from Wanindu Hasaranga, and three from Dushmantha Chameera – their two best bowlers – for the last 10 overs.
“What we talked about in the 40th over was to push the game deep,” Charith Asalanka said. 
“We wanted to increase their required rate. But they were successful because they didn’t lose any wickets.”
And yet Sri Lanka was unable to break the stand between tailenders pacers Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took India to the target.
“They had a plan to play Wanindu out defensively and get runs off everyone else, and it worked. If they’d tried to get runs off Wanindu, then maybe they would have lost.”
“I guess the other bowlers have to talk and figure out how to get a wicket in that situation.”
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI
Sri Lanka was also sloppy with their ground fielding, conceding at least five boundaries that could have been stopped by outfielders. Charith Asalanka noted this as an area to work on.
“We did make some mistakes in the field, and we gave away more than 10 runs in the field. We need to fix that. Nos. 8 and 9 also scored runs, so we have to figure out how to stop that as well.”
This ended up being Sri Lanka’s ninth loss in 10 completed matches in 2021, but at the 40th over Sri Lanka seemed certain to win it. India still needed 67 runs off 60 balls at that stage, with two batters who have not had a lot of time at the crease recently.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Reckons The Situation In The 2nd ODI Was Similar To The Match In Pallekele 2017

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has happy batting memories in Sri Lanka. After playing a sizeable part in India’s win in the second ODI in Colombo, the current vice-captain linked the situation in the second ODI to that of the side’s condition in the Pallekele ODI win against the same opposition in 2017. The pacer tailender and MS Dhoni were involved in a match-winning eighth-wicket stand.

Chasing 231 from 47 overs in that match, India was reduced to 131 for seven in the 22nd over, with spinner Akila Dananjaya claiming a six-for. Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched an unbeaten century stand with MS Dhoni and registered his only ODI fifty in the process. India ended up winning the series 5-0.

MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar after their match-winning partnership at Pallekele (Photo: Twitter)
MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar after their match-winning partnership at Pallekele (Photo: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Said The Situation In The 2nd ODI Similar To The Match In Pallekele 2017

Bhuvneshwar Kumar arrived in a precarious situation on Tuesday, with India seven down for 193 in the 36th overs in their chase of 276. He added a run-a-ball unbeaten 84 with fellow pacer Deepak Chahar (69 runs off 82 balls) to see the side through.

“The situation was similar to that match (Pallekele 2017). We aimed to bat till the last over. We wanted to bat as deep as possible,” said Bhuvneshwar in the post-match press conference.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

With a mastermind in MS Dhoni around in the aforementioned 2017 ODI, the message from his former captain was simple – ‘bat-like how do you do in Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed the chase blueprint and ended up outscoring the chase master.

Incidentally, it was the same 2nd match of the 5 match ODI series. MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 45 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored an unbeaten 53. India started well with Rohit Sharma scoring 54 and Shikhar Dhawan scoring 49 before Akila Dhananjaya’s 6 wicket haul as Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, and Axar Patel departed with single-digit scores. The match was reduced to 47 overs due to rain.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Deepak Chahar Wasn’t Letting The Required Run Rate Climb Much Above 6

Four years later, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the team’s vice-captain, was the Deepak Chahar’s senior partner. He let the 28-year-old play his natural game and happily played the supporting role of 19 not out.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

Revealing further on the chase, Bhuvneshwar Kumar revealed that the duo didn’t worry about the result and was batting one ball at a time. He also stated that his fellow pacer Deepak Chahar, who has quite a reputation as a lower-order batter, was doing his bit to keep the required run-rate in check.

“We didn’t think at any specific time that let’s take it on from here. We were batting one ball at a time. At any stage (during the partnership), we thought about winning or losing as the plan was to keep batting till the end and play according to the situation. Deepak [Chahar] wasn’t letting the required run-rate climb much above six and was playing his shots,” added Bhuvneshwar, who has his name in the top two entries in India’s highest eighth-wicket partnerships.

The unbeaten 100-run stand between keeper MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar remains India’s highest eighth-wicket stand in ODIs. His unbeaten 84 stand with Deepak Chahar from the second ODI is now second-best for the eighth wicket, followed by an 84-run stand between Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan Singh against Australia at Baroda in 2009.

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav, who also notched his maiden ODI fifty and ended up scoring 53 off 44 balls, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar teamed up and stitched an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to finish the chase successfully. Deepak Chahar was the top scorer for India, returning unbeaten 69 to bag the Player of the Match award.