This is a quote from the commentary box as the Indian innings progressed at Premadasa Stadium. The second ODI between India and Sri Lanka was not over. But the commentators were adamant that Sri Lanka would win!
Crisis of the Blue Army
They could not be blamed. Chasing a target of 276, India lost seven wickets in quick succession. The required run rate was above six. By the time all the recognized batsmen returned to the tent, India needed about 70 runs. The biggest challenge for Shikhar Dhawan’s army was the leg-spinner Vanindu Hasaranga. Krunal Pandya’s innings ended with his straight delivery. Some of Hasaranga’s balls were spinning deadly! Absolutely unpredictable!
Defender of Team India
Who is going to save Team India at such a juncture !? But the Blue Army had a savior. Deepak Chahar, who has earned a place in the team as a bowler, has just five ODIs to his name and has not even scored a half-century. Sri Lanka soon changed its strategy. Fast bowler Kasun Rajitha reached the mark. Shortballs were produced. One of them hit Chahar’s helmet like silver! Team physio rushed in and examined Chahar’s head. He had no qualms. Chahar was all set for battle!
Sri Lanka changed strategy
Rajitha again bowled against Chahar. It flew to the boundary near Rajitha. The greatest insult a fast bowler can get! And the best answer a batsman can give in the head! Dushmantha Chameera came faster than Rajitha. The ball bounced off the top of the Chahar keeper at a speed of 143.2 kmph. The dangerous Hasaranga’s balls were cleverly defended. Chahar fell to the ground due to a muscle strain. But that pain could not beat his fighting spirit! When Bhuvneshwar Kumar stood by him as a loyal partner, India raised the banner of victory.
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India won the match
When India won, Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur was walking back and forth uneasily. He was moaning something. Arthur could not contain the fact that Chahar had conquered India! Before the start of the series, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga had a flashback to India. Arjuna complained that India had insulted them by sending a B team. Now the team has won the series by defeating Sri Lanka’s top team.
Dravid is a youngster
During his playing career, Arjuna saw the Indian tail swaying under pressure. This is the new Team India. India fight till the last ball is bowled and the final wicket falls! Chahar is the representative of that new generation who do not know what fear is! Chahar remembers for a moment when all the noise is over. The moment he won Fifty. It was absolutely special. A man in the gallery then stood up and clapped. His name was Rahul Dravid …!