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India responded like champions, says Dravid in dressing room speech

The fight that the players showed towards the end is what mattered the most to the former India captain
Rahul Dravid

Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 22.07.21, 03:33 AM

It’s not very often that Rahul Dravid speaks his mind in public. But India’s series-clinching and thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Colombo on Tuesday inspired coach Rahul Dravid to deliver a stirring speech inside the dressing room in praise of their efforts.

In a video posted on its Twitter handle, BCCI shared the post-match celebrations that followed.

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The former India captain in his speech praised the players for their fantastic effort and said he wouldn’t have been unhappy had India lost this match. The fight that the players showed towards the end is what mattered the most to him.

“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 that was absolutely brilliant… so well done to all of you,” Dravid said. 

“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.” 

Deepak Chahar was rightly adjudged Man of the Match. After picking up two important wickets, he remained unbeaten on 69 off 82 balls and stitched together an unbroken 84-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) for the eighth wicket after India were reduced to 193 for 7, while chasing 276 for victory. India won the match with five balls to spare.

“It’s not the right time to talk about individual performances. We will talk about that in our meetings, when we analyse everything. But when you look at the whole game, it was a really good team performance. There were so many performances right across in our bowling, batting… obviously the batters in the end finished it off. It was a fantastic team performance,” Dravid added.

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.



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