We were in the game but didn’t have runs in the game. I think at the start we discussed 280 but Kuldeep bowled well. We had a chance as the ball was moving. So I told my bowlers to stick to the basics.
It was a close game but games like these teach you a lot. KL has been batting at 5 for a long time now, it gives you that confidence when an experienced batter is batting at 5. It was a good display of batsmanship. In the hindsight, it will be nice to have a left-hander in the top order but guys who are being given the chance have got a lot of runs in the last year. Ideally, we would like to have a left-hander but we know the quality of our right-handers and are quite comfortable with that at the moment. We will have a look at the pitch for the third ODI, and another ODI series is coming up as well. So we will see if we need to make any changes. Kuldeep just comes and gets the breakthrough, he is quite confident as a bowler at the moment, which augurs well for the team.
Kuldeep Yadav is the Player of the Match:
I am happy with my performance. Since, the last year, I have been trying to back my strength and not think much. Whenever I get my chance, I just think about performing well. I am enjoying my bowling a lot. The team combination matters, so I just try to give my best whenever I get my chance. I bowl faster in the IPL and T20Is also to give the batter one run. So I just did that here also. I have worked on my batting a lot of late. Same with fitness. Whenever I get time, I go to the NCA. So thanks to the trainers there. That’s one thing I have tried to do in the last year. Earlier, I wasn’t much into it. Chahal too gave me input about their batters.
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 2nd ODI (N), Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Thursday 12-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.
Toss: Sri Lanka, elected to bat first.
says Shanaka: “It’s a good wicket, and looking at the venue stats we want to bat. We have got two changes Pathum Nissanka misses out with an injury. Dilshan Madushanka is also out with a shoulder injury. Nuwanidu Fernando makes his debut. Lahiru Kumara comes in for Dilshan.”
Rohit says: “I was in two minds. Looking at the last game, I wanted to bat first, but looking at the pitch, we wanted to bowl first. When you are in such a mind, it’s a good toss to lose. I love playing here, the quiet is always energetic and that takes your game a bit higher. But what has happened in the past is in the past and we as a team need to start fresh. One forced to change for us. Chahal put a dive in during the last game and hasn’t pulled up well this morning. Kuldeep Yadav comes in his place.”
India team: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul †, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik.
Sri Lanka team: Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis †, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 263
India Won: 94
Sri Lanka Won: 57
India ODI Rankings: 4th
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWLLW
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 1:30 PM Local
Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match number – ODI no. 4503