"India's batting has almost become paralysis"- Ex-IND star questions India's batting strategy in white-ball cricket
India suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, in the first ODI on Sunday. After getting all out for a low total, the Indian bowlers kept India in the game.
In fact, they were ahead at the point when the hosts lost their nine wickets for 136 runs while chasing 187 runs. But then, the last pair of Mehidy Hasan Miraz (38*) and Mustafizur Rahman (10*) took the game away from Team India and ensured the win for Bangladesh.
But it was the batting failure of the Indian team that let them down in the first ODI. Batting first, India got all out for 186 runs in 41.2 overs. Only KL Rahul looked good for his 73 off 70 balls to take India somewhere near 190.
The likes of Rohit Sharma (27), Shikhar Dhawan (7), and Virat Kohli (9) all couldn't make a significant score. That's what former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja pointed out after the game. In a discussion on Sony Sports, Jadeja spoke on India's batting failures.
He said that India missed the trick by not playing 50 overs; if they had played their entire quota of 50 overs, then there would have been some more runs. Jadeja also stated that, with the technology of nowadays, everyone knows the weaknesses of the opposition, but if you still play in the same fashion, that will hurt you.
Jadeja said, "You are pre-empting the reading of the game and you have pre-decided that you want to play like that. The game is not that easy, you have to respect it daily. This will happen if you don't respect the game. It has almost become paralysis."
At one stage, India was at 152/4, and then they lost their last six wickets for just 34 runs within 8 overs. Furthermore, Jadeja emphasized that if the conditions are not conducive to attacking shots, you should play defensively. Almost all the Indian bowlers got out in their innings by playing attacking shots.
For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan took 5/36 and Ebadot Hossain took 4/47 to dismiss India to a below par total. Both teams will face each other in the second ODI game on Wednesday, December 7 at the same venue. That will be a must-win game for India in order to avoid back-to-back ODI series losses.