India go 0-2 down in the 3-match ODI series.
Bangladesh stunned India by winning the second ODI of the 3-match series and recording their first ever ODI series against the visitors.They did it in great style with impeccable performances by both bat and ball, with a grand entry in the international circuit made by the 19-year old left arm pacer Mustafizur Rahim. One also has to laud the captaincy of Mashrafe Mortaza with the attacking field that he set to restrict India to a low score in both the ODIs.
The Indian team would be devastated at their performance and why not? This team made it to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in the fast and bouncy tracks of Australia and New Zealand where they beat cricketing giants like Pakistan and South Africa. On the contrary, here they are, in the familiar sub-continent conditions against a side whom they beat in the quarter finals of the World Cup. So what went wrong for the ranked 2 team of the ICC ODI Team Rankings?
Essentially Sports brings to you the 5 reasons that led to the debacle in the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh,
1. Captaincy lacking teeth.
India may have won three ICC trophies under the Captain Cool, the ICC T20 WC 2007, ICC CWC 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013, but Dhoni now also has the bad reputation of being the only Indian captain to have lost an ODI series against Bangladesh.
In both the ODIs, we saw defensive field placing by captain Dhoni, something he has been criticized for quite a long time now. There was an absence of ‘going-for-the-kill’ attitude every time a Bangladeshi wicket fell. Dhoni needs to work on his captaincy skills and some lessons can be learnt from Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who had 7 players inside the circle even after the 40th over of India’s innings in the second one-day.
Letting new batsmen settle down easily and a field placement that allows easy singles will only make things harder for the bowlers. The captain needs to turn aggressive and take his chance with the odd boundary since close-in fielders will only force the batsman to go for a big shot, and hence creating an opportunity for a bad shot.