The Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid has returned to his hometown Bengaluru after suffering health conditions and will not be with the team for the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, January 15. As per the reports of RevSportz, Dravid suffered a health issue during the second ODI between the neighboring countries.
However, the Indian great stayed with the national team before going back to his hometown on Friday morning. It is understood that Dravid felt uneasiness in the team hotel and took medicines after his blood pressure had shot up. Incidentally, the Indian stalwart had recently celebrated his 50th birthday with the Indian players in Kolkata on Tuesday, January 11, ahead of the second ODI.
The situation has put India’s head coach’s availability for the third ODI under serious threat. Notably, the India and Sri Lanka players as well as the support staff did not have much recovery time as they had already played the first game a day before.
🚨 Rahul Dravid is not travelling with Team India to Thiruvanathapuram for third ODI. He is heading for Bengaluru tomorrow early morning due to health reasons and is likely to join squad later before third ODI which is on January 15
— RevSportz (@RevSportz) January 12, 2023
Meanwhile, Team India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series as they came out on top by four wickets in the second game at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Premier India batter KL Rahul, who was struggling for form, made a strong statement in the contest with an unbeaten 64 and took the hosts past the finish line in the 44th over.
However, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav who was named as the Player of the Match in the last game for his match-winning three-wicket haul would once again be hoping to leave the visitors clueless. Kuldeep came in as a replacement for Yuzvendra Chahal who was ruled out due to issues on his right shoulder.
At the same time, it also remains to be seen whether Chahal will be fit to feature in the XI in the third game. India and Sri Lanka will now be hoping to complete the formalities by playing an outstanding brand of cricket in this game. While the hosts would be eager to register a clean sweep, the Lankans would be looking forward to salvaging pride in the dead rubber.