India’s first ODI hero Deepak Chahar stated that it was all because of Rahul Dravid that he backed himself to score big with the bat. Chahar is the man of the moment for the Indian team as he made his team win from a point from where no one would have thought.
After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav, who also notched his maiden ODI fifty and ended up scoring 53 off 44 balls, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar teamed up and stitched an 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to finish the chase successfully.
“No better way to win the match for the country. Rahul sir told me to play all the balls. I’ve played a few innings with India A and I think he has belief in me. He told me he thinks I’m good enough to be a No. 7. He has belief in me. Hopefully, in the coming matches I don’t have to bat,” Chahar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“It was a decent score [to chase] on this wicket. Only one thing that was going on in my mind: this is the kind of innings I’ve been dreaming of. When we came under 50 is when I believed we can win. Before that, it was ball by ball. I took some risks after,” he concluded.
India are now 2-0 up in the 3-match ODI series and they have also won the series.