The Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid was an anxious figure in the Indian dressing room, and when the two bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar trying to shepherd India’s chase in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Colombo that even ‘The Wall’ could not sit tight. At the end of the 44th over of the Indian innings, Dravid was seen rushing down the staircase of the dressing room and making his way into the Indian dugout.
Soon after, Rahul Dravid was seen sitting beside Rahul Chahar, India’s hero of the 2nd ODI Deepak Chahar’s cousin, and passed on some valuable instruction. India needed 35 runs off 36 balls with three wickets in hand at that time. Chahar and Bhuvneshwar had just started to turn the match towards India.
The head coach sensed that Chahar was getting anxious and aiming for some risky shots which were not required and perhaps asked Rahul to pass on the message to his brother. Rahul Chahar finally got the chance to deliver the message when Deepak suffered cramps in the 47th over.
It perhaps was a blessing in disguise for India as the injury wasn’t serious but it allowed enough time for the substitutes to pass on Dravid’s message. As a result, Deepak Chahar played four consecutive dot balls in the next over off Wanindu Hasaranga and played out Sri Lanka’s biggest threat who had already picked up three wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted after Dravid ran to the dugout to pass on a message for Deepak Chahar
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 20, 2021
Finally Rahul Dravid 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/qfOmB8BhWC
— Wellu (@Wellutwt) July 20, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 20, 2021
Rahul Dravid was seen sporting a huge smile and giving a standing ovation to Chahar and Bhuvneshwar after the former finishing the game in the first ball of the last over. Chahar was unbeaten on 69 off 81 balls while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was 19 of 28. Their 84-run partnership was the third highest in the successful run-chases for the 8th wicket in the history of an ODI wicket.