Indian pacer Deepak Chahar the hero in the second ODI match with the bat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, on Tuesday. Coach Rahul Dravid's belief in his batting motivated him to give a thunder inning against the hosts. After India lost their six wickets for 160 runs while chasing 276 it seemed like the match is over and no chance at all to resist the hosts. In the end, they both forged an unbeaten 84-run stand to script a three-wicket win for India.
No better way to win the match for the country. Rahul sir told me to play with all the balls. I've played a few innings with India A and I think he has belief in me," said Chahar at the post-match presentation. "He told me he thinks I'm good enough to be at No. 7 (but he batted at 8). He has belief in me. Hopefully, in the coming matches I don't have to bat. When we came under 50 that's when I believed we can win. Before that, it was ball by ball. I took some risks after," he added.
"It was hot out there, we did well there. We managed to stop them at 270 (275 actually). It was a decent score on this wicket," 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," he said, talking about his mindset in the middle.
Captain Shikhar Dhawan said it was a good lesson for the youngsters in the team." We were confident of chasing it, but we didn't start well. It was a good lesson for them. These sort of matches we're going to learn a lot as a team and they'll learn how to handle games like these," said Dhawan.
"Everyone showed character. The odds were low but we knew that he's (Chahar) batting well in the nets. His presence of mind, his calculation - in the last four overs they didn't take on the legspinner (Hasaranga) because at the time he was lethal. He further added, "I felt that the way Sri Lanka planned their innings, batting, and bowling - they brought the spinner on early - and the way they fielded was good to watch and learn. They worked very hard but glad that we're on the winning side".