India’s Deepak Chahar was an unexpected hero with the bat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Chahar was sent to bat ahead of the more accomplished Bhuvneshwar Kumar after India lost their top six wickets for just 160 runs while chasing 276. In the end, both Chahar and Bhuvi added an unbeaten 84-run partnership for the eight-wicket to script a famous win for the Men in Blue.
During the match, there were quite a few tense moments, and one of them also saw India head coach Rahul Dravid notice something that he couldn’t resist keeping to himself. Dravid rushed from the dressing room and went straight to Rahul Chahar sitting in the dugout. The 48-year-old gave the spinner a message to pass on to Deepak, who was batting brilliantly in the middle with Bhuvneshwar.
Rahul Dravid came down to dug-out & met 12th man. He sat next to him / talked for about thirty seconds in a crucial stage of the match (70+ or something to win) and went back to his place in dressing room. 12th man delivered the message after the over. DC & BK took IND home.
— Sanjeewa K. (@Sanjivakkuk) July 21, 2021
— Vivek Subramanian (@viveks1912) July 20, 2021
Must be a deja vu moment for Rahul Dravid: sitting in the dressing room, witnessing 2 bowlers take India to an improbable with handy contributions with the bat, 25 years apart!
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) July 21, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 20, 2021
Finally Rahul Dravid 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/qfOmB8BhWC
— Wellu (@Wellutwt) July 20, 2021
Dravid sahb came from the dressing room all the way down to the dugout and gave valuable tips ❤
— 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒕 (@Kohliesque) July 20, 2021
— ᵃ (@aqqu___) July 20, 2021
Moment of the match ❤️
— Vinesh Prabhu (@prabhu_vinesh94) July 20, 2021
Rahul finally got time to enter the field when Deepak suffered cramps in the 47th over. Deepak’s injury wasn’t serious, but it at least gave the substitutes enough time to pass on Dravid’s message.
Fans soon got to see Deepak playing four consecutive dot balls in the next over bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga – Sri Lanka’s leading wicket taker in the match.
Chahar and Bhuvneshwar then hit three fours in the next seven balls to take India over the finish line with three wickets in hand.