Trying to pick up the pieces after a disappointing defeat, India’s decorated top-order will be desperate to give a better account of itself against slow bowling in the do-or-die second ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Wednesday. Failing to take the last wicket when Bangladesh needed more than 50 runs, the Indian bowlers failed to deliver but there is no denying the fact that the star-studded batting line-up needs to show more responsibility. The last time India played a bilateral series in Bangladesh was in 2015 when under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team lost the three-match series 1-2 with the only win coming in the dead third rubber.
It was a real time of struggle for all Indian batters, save KL Rahul (73 off 70) who was man of the match in the opening game.
With the ODI World Cup still 10 months away, it is still unclear what exactly will be the approach of the Indian team.
Discussions around the adoption of a “fearless approach” have been going on for some time but its implementation has been sporadic. Sometimes, adapting to the situation and reacting to the situation is more predominant.
Mirpur’s track wasn’t exactly battingly beautiful but it didn’t guarantee a score of 186 either.
Argued by the former chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma Due to the short change from New Zealand, they picked a new batch of players for the series.
Gill was not part of the T20 World Cup and he did not play the T20 series in New Zealand (though he was part of the squad) and so his omission was a shock.
One of the problems with the Indian top order players is that they are accelerating the run-rate but at the same time taking more dot deliveries than they need.
In the match against Bangladesh, over 25 overs worth of dot balls were bowled despite batting less than 42 overs.
The team could not score nearly 200 balls without batting eight overs.
In modern day cricket, while England are changing the rules of engagement across formats in every sense, the Indian team is taking one step forward and four back.
The idea of handing over the gloves to KL Rahul is not about increasing flexibility in the team but to ensure that both Rahul and Dhawan can fit into the same XI going into the World Cup.
Samson, one of the brightest players, was not even picked for this series and Ishan Kishanwho scored 93 in his last ODI series, despite being a specialist keeper-batsman.
Rajat Patidar And Rahul Tripathi They have been picked in the Indian squad in short order and it is not yet clear how the team management plans to test these youngsters before trimming the list to maybe 18-20.
The tough call has yet to be taken by the coach Rahul Dravid And captain Rohit Sharma and it doesn’t look like it will be taken soon.
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