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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose 84-run unbeaten score along with Deepak Chahar helped India win the series, revealed that he and Chahar weren’t thinking about winning, but rather trying to get the game deep. Bhuvneshwar also praised Chahar, who he believes was justified in being promoted to No.8.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was involved in a match-winning lower-order partnership in the Rainbow Nation in the past, but few gave him and India a chance when he came in to punch alongside Deepak Chahar. In the chase of 276 the visitors were of all sorts from 193/7, and Sri Lanka looked like they were on their way to defeat India domestically for the first time in 9 years. However, both Bhuvneshwar and Chahar, unbothered by the situation, hit, hit and hit.
The duo took it over and over, pushing singles around and mixing it up with boundaries to keep the Lankans on their toes. They adhered to this mantra for an hour and a half and before they knew it, the duo swept India to a remarkable victory with almost one to spare. The partnership between Bhuvneshwar and Chahar on Tuesday was one of India’s biggest lower-order partnerships ever, and at the post-match press conference, the senior partner, Bhuvi, revealed that he and Chahar were solely focused on the deep game worrying about something. different.
“…Our goal was to play to the last ball, last over, so we wanted to take it as deep as possible so we could score points. The only plan was to play to the last ball, and the way Deepak batting was amazing,” Bhuvneshwar said at the virtual press conference after the game.
“The only chat and the plan was to play to the end. We never said to each other that we can win from now on. Even if we needed 1 run (3 runs), we took one ball at a time. Deepak never let the run rate go above six,” said Bhuvneshwar.
“He played almost risk-free shots, where he had few limits and got the required speed below six. At no point did we think we would win or lose. We played depending on the situation and took the ball by ball.”
Many expected Bhuvneshwar to come to bat when Suryakumar Yadav was killed, but surprisingly it was Deepak Chahar who came in at number 8. And the Rajasthan man justified his promotion, hitting an unbeaten 69 to guide the side home. Bhuvneshwar revealed that it was Rahul Dravid’s decision to promote Chahar, saying the 28-year-old justified his promotion by the impeccable display.
“Look, he’s played under coach Rahul Dravid before in India A or a series and he’d scored there too. So Dravid knew he can hit and hit some balls, so that was his Dravid’s call.”
“And the way he hit proved Chahar right. We all know he can hit, he hit many times in the Ranji Trophy, so it wasn’t a hard decision, but it’s good to see how he can hit the points.” scored.”
Bhuvneshwar proved to be a gun with the bat, but with the ball, however, he was mostly in color. His pace was slow throughout the innings and, as in the first ODI, he was taken apart at death by Chamika Karunaratne. Bhuvneshwar said the hot and humid conditions made life difficult for Indian sailors, but insisted he was satisfied with his own performance.
“And as for my bowling, in both matches it was batting-friendly conditions and extremely hot. It’s going to be difficult for bowlers. I’m happy with the way I bowled,” Bhuvneshwar said.
The Indian vice-captain also clarified that Hardik Pandya has no fitness issues. The all-rounder was seen crouching and holding his back during the first innings, but Bhuvneshwar confirmed the Baroda man has no problem.
“…As far as I know, there’s no problem or concern. So I’m sure he’s okay.”
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