Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has applauded Rahul Dravid after Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India registered a stunning victory over Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday in Colombo. Despite having a steady start in their chase of 276, the Indian top-order failed to steer the team home against the Sri Lankan bowling attack.
While Suryakumar Yadav has anchored the chase with his maiden ODI half-century, his dismissal saw the hope of India’s win going down and it seemed all over for India as well. But, Deepak Chahar has kept his calm and helped India win with a stunning 69 not out. He stitched an 84-run stand with the vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar (14*) and India won the game by 3 wickets also.
However, Ramiz Raja was impressed with the way India returned in the game and thrashed Sri Lanka. And, he complimented Rahul Dravid – who is the head coach of the Indian team for the success as well.
“Chahar read the situation of the game brilliantly. A lot of credit for the same must go to Rahul Dravid, under whom these youngsters are being trained in Sri Lanka. A very good team environment is being built. He himself is a young coach,” Raja said in his YouTube video.
“Dravid talks less, and that is one of the secrets to success as a coach. One should not overburden the mind with too many thoughts or ideas, which creates unnecessary confusion. And there was definitely no confusion in the manner in which Chahar played a great innings. In his fifth one-dayer, he played an amazing knock and won them a match, which seemed like a lost cause at one point,” he concluded.
The third and the final ODI of the series will take place on Friday at the same venue. After that, both the team will lock horns in the shortest format as well.