The Indian cricket team put in another clinical performance as they sealed the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, but could be without head coach Rahul Dravid for the series finale. KL Rahul smashed a fifty, while Hardik Pandya also contributed 36 runs with the bat as Team India won by 4 wickets at Eden Gardens to claim their first series win of the year 2023.
Dasun Shanaka’s men did put the hosts in a spot of bother with their bowling performance, but in the end, Rohit Sharma’s side was able to pull themselves over the line. However, as per a report in RevSportz, Dravid is not travelling with the Indian team to Thiruvananthapuram.
The 50-year-old who recently celebrated his birthday is said to have suffered a health issue during the 2nd ODI. While Dravid remains with the team in Kolkata, he will be travelling to Bengaluru for medical reasons.
It remains unclear whether the former Indian skipper will join Rohit and Co for the series finale scheduled to be played at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on January 15, Sunday.
As per reports, Dravid was feeling uneasy in the hotel itself and while he did take medication after his BP shot up, he will be returning to Bengaluru instead of travelling with the Indian team.
The news of Dravid’s absence has come as a shock to fans and the cricket fraternity, as the former captain has been an integral part of the Indian team’s set-up since taking over as head coach in 2019. The team management is yet to make an official statement on the matter and fans are eagerly waiting for an update on Dravid’s health.
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue took a 2-0 lead in the series courtesy of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj’s performances as the duo picked up 3 wickets each. After Kuldeep rattled the Sri Lankan middle order, Siraj cleaned up the tailenders, while Umran Malik also chipped in with a couple of wickets. After a rocky start, India managed to chase the target down with four wickets left, courtesy of a gritty innings of 64 from KL Rahul.