Team India head coach Rahul Dravid did not travel with the team to Thiruvananthapuram for the 3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka.
India are currently taking on Sri Lanka in a three match Odi series. The Men in Blue have had a terrific sart to the series as they won their opening two games in the series, and have pocketed it as result. Now, India are set to travel to Thiruvananthapuram for the final game of the series, as India will look for a whitewash win against Sri Lanka. However, while the team has travelled directly from Kolkata to Thiruvananthapuram, head coach Rahul Dravid has taken a bit of a detour.
Dravid took a flight from Kolkata to his hometown in Bengaluru after he reportedly complained of some blood pressure related issues during the 2nd ODI at the Eden Gardens. He was checked by the doctors of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). However, the head coach is only travelling to Bengaluru only for a regular medical checkups as a precautionary measure, and there is nothing to worry about him, according to a report by the Hindustan Times.
There are no reasons to be worried about Dravid’s health as he is absolutely fine and is likely to join the team in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday before the match on Sunday.
Photos of Rahul Dravid boarding the Kolkata-Benglauru flight looking hale and hearty has also gone viral.
The India head coach, who turned 50 on January 11, has flown to Bengaluru to consult his doctors and get some precautionary tests done.
India have been in fine form in the Sri Lanka series so far. After winning the T20Is 2-1, the hosts have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The Rohit Sharma-led side registered a resounding 67-run win in the series opener in Guwahati on the back of some outstanding batting performances from Rohit, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli.
In the 2nd ODI in Kolkata, it was their bowlers who took the centrestage. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who replaced leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who had a niggle, broke the backbone of the Sri Lanka batting unit by picking three crucial wickets including one of captain Dasun Shanka, on his return to 50-overs cricket.
Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj were amongst the wickets too as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 215 on a placid batting track.
The hosts did have some early hiccups in the run-chase after Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli departed early but Shreyas Iyer (28), Hardik Pandya (36) and KL Rahul steadied the innings. Rahul remained unbeaten on 64 to take India home in the 43rd over with four wickets in hand.