India's fight all the way through was absolutely brilliant: Rahul Dravid

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21 Jul 2021 | 08:30 AM staff

India's fight all the way through was absolutely brilliant: Rahul Dravid

India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series with a three-wicket in in the second ODI in Colombo

Head coach Rahul Dravid said that his Indian side responded like champions and the fight they put on till the end was brilliant in an inspiring dressing room speech after the match. India had their backs against the wall but managed to squeeze in a victory, thanks to an unlikely hero with the bat, Deepak Chahar, who finished unbeaten on 69.

With this win, India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. "Obviously we finished on the right side of the result, which is incredible and fantastic but even if we didn't finish on the right side of the result, it is the fight all the way through was absolutely brilliant, so well done to all of you," Dravid said in a video posted on

"We said they were going to respond, we knew we had to respect the opposition. The opposition was going to respond, they're also an international team. They responded, and we responded back like a champion team."

"With our back to the wall, we found a way to break them. So really well done to all of you. Fantastic job," he added.

India found the going tough with Suryakumar Yadav anchoring the chase with a 44-ball 53 but once he was gone, the visitors slipped to 193 for 7. However, Chahar smashed his maiden ODI fifty and in the company of Bhuvneshwar took the team home.

"It is not the right time to talk about individuals at this point, obviously there were some fantastic individual performances, especially towards the end," said Dravid, who was named India head coach for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.

"We had talked about that, we acknowledge and recognise every player's contribution in this game. If you look at the whole game, there were some very good team performances.

"So many good performances in our bowling, batting, even at the start, fantastic team performances from all of you."

The video also featured Suryakumar, Bhuvneshwar, and Chahar talking about their experience about the match. "I don't have words, I think it is one of the best games which I have been part of, I have seen live... it is an unbelievable victory," Suryakumar said.

"Bhuvi, our vintage man and DC, we have been talking about his batting, and today he has proved himself, it was a complete team effort. It was something special from Deepak Chahar."

The third and final ODI will be held on Friday (July 23).

(With inputs from PTI)

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