India is set to take on Bangladesh in the do-or-die second ODI on Wednesday, December, 7 to be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, the home side stunned India by one wicket in the opening match of the series.
Dhaka: India is set to take on Bangladesh in the do-or-die second ODI on Wednesday, on December 7, to be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. The home side stunned India by one wicket in the opening match of the series.
India’s decorated batting line-up failed to deliver and was bundled out for just 186 runs in 41.2 overs in the first ODI. The spin and pace duo of Shakib and Hossain mesmerised the star-studded Indian batting, grabbing five and four wickets, respectively.
India had almost crossed the line, but the last wicket’s stand of 51 runs really broke the hearts of the men in blue. One should not forget that uncertainty always looms in all sports, and cricket is no exception.
Indian batters need to show more grit and responsibility on the wickets against the average attack of the home team.
The last bilateral series between India and Bangladesh was played on their home turf in 2015, under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and India lost the three-match series 2-1. In that series, Bangladesh won the first two ODIs.
The home side likes to repeat history, and they will press hard to win the second ODI and series as well. The spin duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraj is a threat for Rohit and his lieutenants. Medium pacers created a lot of trouble for India in the first ODI. One more mistake means losing the series.
The ODI World Cup is not far away; there are still 10 months left, and the approach of the team is not looking positive. The talk is in the air that Indian players should apply a fearless approach, but its implementation has not been seen.
Consider the case of England. The positive approach has helped the team in all formats of the game. Winning a Test match on a placid wicket in Pakistan was an incredible performance from the Englishmen.
India needs to play cricket in a positive frame of mind because the team is replete with talents, but the need of the hour is to change the attitude.