It has been a couple of days since pacer Deepak Chahar reached out to his inner batsman and led the Indian cricket team to an incredible victory against the hosting Sri Lankan squad in the second of three ODI matches.
At one point the Men in Blue were struggling significantly as the scoreboard read 116/5 with the loss of Hardik Pandya’s wicket for a duck and the hopes of winning the series with one game extra seemed bleak.View this post on Instagram
Nonetheless, the duo of Chahar and vice-captain Bhuneshwar Kumar stitched a remarkable 84-run innings in 15 overs to steal what seemed to be a practically impossible victory and gave a huge boost to the Indian locker room ahead of the third and final ODI of the series.
On the contrary, it led to a complete draining of faith and belief that the Sri Lankan roster had in itself. They were completely frustrated and imploding on live television with every boundary Chahar and Kumar hit.
Here are three ways in which Deepak Chahar created major conflict within the Sri Lankan team:Mickey Arthur - Burning From WithinJuly 20, 2021
Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur was all smiles as the Indian top-order was dismissed for cheap and names like Pandya and Ishan Kishan fell sooner than expected. However, when Chahar started to swing for the ropes, even the commentators couldn’t help but notice the frowns returning to his forehead. By the time the match was over, Arthur could be seen walking around the dressing room, cursing and red as a tomato. To watch his team lose a game they’d already won was the final nudge he needed to go over the top.War Of Words
It didn’t take long before Arthur vented his frustration on the Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka and that too in the middle of the field in the focus of cameras with a live broadcast feed to our television channels. While the captain (who also felt the burden of losing such a match) tried his best to calm the situation down, the coach didn’t want to hear any of it.In Came The Veterans
That conversation between Coach and captain should not have happened on the field but in the dressing room— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 20, 2021
Former Sri Lankan player and legend Russel Arnold openly expressed their dissent towards Arthur’s theatrics and called him out ahead of the third and final match. “That conversation between Coach and captain should not have happened on the field but in the dressing room.” Russell Arnold tweeted.
“I have told before, Sri Lanka don’t know the winning ways. They have forgotten how to win for the last so many years. It’s tough for them. I told before the lunch, if Sri Lanka takes three wickets in the first 10-15 overs India is going to struggle and actually India struggled. Big effort from Chahar and Bhuvneshwar their and they made them win,” Muttiah Muralitharan added.