Sri Lanka head coach Micky Arthur appeared to be livid at his team after they lost to India in the thrilling second one-day international on Tuesday in Colombo. He later brushed off suggestions that he berated skipper Dasun Shanaka in front of cameras.
The coach was caught on camera gesticulating and having a very angry reaction in the dressing room as India edged towards a rearguard win. He was later seen arguing with captain Dasun Shanaka on the ground. He appeared to indicate that Shanaka should go with him off the field but the captain did not budge while Arthur walked away, in a video widely shared on social media.
“It was actually a very good debate, no need to make mischief out of it,” Arthur said on Twitter responding to match commentator Russel Arnold’s comment that the exchange should have been held in the dressing room.
Deepak Chahar hit an unbeaten 69 to lead India to a three-wicket series-clinching victory. India chased down their target of 276 with five balls to spare as Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made 19, put on an unbeaten stand of 84 for the eighth wicket after the tourists had slipped to 193/7 in Colombo.
Coming in to bat at number eight, Chahar turned the match on its head as he hit seven fours including the winning boundary and one six in his 82-ball knock.
Losing from a commanding position to an Indian team that is not at full strength seemed to get to the coach. Towards the end of the match, he did not shy away from showing his displeasure in the dressing room and then on the field.