Ind vs SL ODI Series: Indian Cricket Team B has again etched another record in the pages of history. Not one but 5 things happened in the second ODI match played between India and Sri Lanka which were seen for the first time. From the captain to the coach and from the batsmen to the bowlers, everything in this series was witnessed for the first time. In the second ODI against Sri Lanka played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo India won the match by 3 wickets and won the series 2-0. Trailing the victory, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a no-ball for the first time after a long time. Suryakumar Yadav scored the first half-century of his One Day International career. Deepak Chahar played a big game of 69 runs and was not out. At the same time, a special achievement was also recorded in the name of captain Shikhar Dhawan. Adding to the achievements, former Indian team captain and current coach Rahul Dravid also won the series for the first time as a coach.
Talking about the match, the first thing which caught our eye was Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s No Ball. Bhuvi bowled a no-ball in international cricket for the first time since October 2015. After bowling more than 3 thousand balls, this happened when his leg went out of the crease.
Playing his second ODI, Suryakumar Yadav scored 50+ runs for the first time in Ind vs SL ODI Series. This is Surya Kumar’s first half-century in ODI cricket making India trail its victory against Sri Lanka.
Cricket is a game of uncertainties. When Krunal Pandya was batting with Deepak Chahar, he was giving a low strike to Deepak, but even Krunal did not know that not himself, but Deepak Chahar would win matches and series for the Indian team by scoring a half-century for the first time.
Deepak Chahar scored an unbeaten 69 while batting at No. 8 for India when the team was in dire need of a partnership. When India was on the verge of losing the match by a margin of 30-35 runs, Deepak turned the tables. Deepak Chahar said, “It is not easy to play such big innings in the lower order because you have batsmen with you who know less batting because they are known to bowl.”
In the meantime, While Head coach Ravi Shastri is on a tour of England the responsibility of coaching the Indian team under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan was entrusted to Rahul Dravid. And under his coaching on the tour of Sri Lanka Indians won the series making it the maiden ODI series for the very first time as a coach.
Let us tell you, this is the first time in the history of Indian cricket when an 8th number batsman has played such a big inning making the team win the game. Deepak Chahar played an unbeaten inning of 69 against Sri Lanka in a successful run chase, which was the first time in Indian cricket.
After the match, receiving the Player of the match award Deepak Chahar said, "It was very hot today. We did well. While bowling, I got two wickets. We managed to restrict them to 270. This one on this wicket. It was a good score. The only thing running through my mind was that I could play the kind of innings I was dreaming of. There can't be a better way to win matches for the country. Rahul sir gave me all the balls. Asked to play. I have played a few innings with India A and I think they have faith in me. He told me that he thinks I can be the No. 7 players. He has faith in me. Hopefully, I won't have to bat in the coming matches."