With its back to the wall, India responded like champions, said coach Rahul Dravid in his dressing room speech after his young side registered a series-clinching win in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Chasing 276 for victory on Tuesday, India were reduced to 193/7 in 36th over but Deepak Chahar (69) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19) shared an unbroken 84-run stand to take the visitors home with three wickets in hand and five balls to spare.
“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 bcci.tv.
“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.”
Bhuvneshwar (3/54) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/50) snared three wickets each, while Chahar claimed two to restrict Sri Lanka to 275 for nine, built mainly around half-centuries from opener Avishka Fernando (50) and Charith Asalanka (65).
“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.”