Cricketer-turned-expert Ramiz Raja was lavish in praise of Rahul Dravid, on his brilliant job as the head coach of the team, during India’s epic win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI. The Men in Blue registered one of their most memorable victories by showing grit and determination throughout the run-chase of 276 against the Lankan Lions.
Deepak Chahar with an unbeaten 69, played one of the best innings for a lower-order batter coming in at eight. With India reeling at 193 for seven, the 28-year-old held his composure right till the end to seal the deal for India by three wickets. Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar too chipped in with a vital contribution of an unbeaten 19 and played the role of supporting act to perfection.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the former Pakistan captain lauded Dravid’s efforts behind the scenes in India’s thrilling win. “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 is a young coach."
Raja further opined that the 48-year-old speaks less yet gets the job done from his players by being calm and composed all the time. Raja felt Chahar played with a clear mind and, that was due to Dravid not pressuring the youngster to perform well at any cost.
"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 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.”