Bangladesh created history yesterday by defeating India in the 2nd ODI of the on-going series and went on to claim their first ever series win against the neighbours.
It was yet another disheartening performance from the World Cup semi-finalists as their world renowned batting line up crumbled in front of the valiant bowling attack of the hosts and their bowlers put up an average bowling performance.
India managed only to score mere 200 runs in 45 runs, losing all their 10 wickets as the match was reduced to 47 overs after rain interrupted the play. The Indian bowlers could hardly put up resistance as the Bangladesh cruised past their target of 200 runs in just 38 overs.
This was undoubtedly one of the most humiliating series defeat for Team India in the recent times which has brought a lot of shame and disgrace to India and its cricketers. It went to such an extent that captain Dhoni openly blamed his batsmen for the loss and was ready to leave the captaincy of the ODI team as his leadership skills were being questioned.
Lets take a look at the report card on the Indian cricketers’ performance in the 2nd ODI of the series:
1) Rohit Sharma (1/10)
Rohit was the star of the Indian batting in the last match but failed to score any runs in this match. On the second ball of the match, Rohit played the ball in the point direction hoping to get a boundary but fielder Sabbir Rahman took a brilliant catch to dismiss him off a Mustafizur Rahman delivery.
In the previous match India had a flying start courtesy a brilliant knock from Sharma but in this match India was on the back foot right in the beginning.
2) Shikhar Dhawan (6/10)
Dhawan remained the top scorer amongst the Indian batsmen, as he looked in relatively fine touch and made his way to a half century before getting dismissed by the spinner Nasir Hossain.
With Rohit Sharma getting out in the first over itself, Dhawan gave India the kind of start they expected, striking 7 boundaries. He along with Virat Kohli and skipper Dhoni tried to build partnerships but unfortunately he edged a ball to to Litton Das off a Hossain delivery. Shikhar did take a stunning catch of Tamim Iqbal at slip off a Dhawal Kulkarni delivery early in the Bangladesh innings.
3) Virat Kohli (3/10)
The Indian vice-captain started his innings well, and quickly went to 23 of 27 balls, courtesy of 3 fours and 1 six. Just when everyone was expecting that he was going to go big in this match, off-spinner Nasir Hossain trapped Kohli in front of the wicket and he was declared lbw by umpire Rod Tucker. Although Virat did not look happy with the decision, but this was yet another day which he would like to forget as soon as his possible. Kohli’s dry run with the bat continues. Most shockingly, He even tried to defend a free hit delivery!
4) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5/10)
Captain Dhoni’s certain decisions during the match are under deep scrutiny. One of them is after winning the toss, he elected to bat first in spite of knowing that rain might turn up and D/L method could come into play which actually did. Then he chose to go with Ambati Rayadu instead of Ajinkya Rahane in the batting order which backfired and his plan of playing three specialist spinners simply did not work out. Although he promoted himself to number four in the batting order, still India failed to impose a challenging total.
5)Ambati Rayudu (0/10)
Skipper Dhoni chose to keep the technically rich Rahane out of the team and go with Rayudu instead. Rayudu, who has been touring with the Indian team for a considerable amount of time now, finally had his chance to stake a claim for his position in the team but he drastically failed to do so. He was dismissed for a duck by Rubel Hossain and once again India’s middle order surrendered to the Bangladesh bowling attack.
6) Suresh Raina (4.5/10)
Just like the previous match, Raina came in a situation where India was struggling in the middle overs and a lot of responsibility were on him. Most importantly India needed someone like Raina’s calibre to stay through the power-play overs where runs can be scored in heaps. Raina started his innings slowly and was looking to settle down on the wicket but after scoring 34 runs, in the 36th over was removed by Mistafizur Rahmanm which virtually ended India’s hopes of achieving a big total.
7) Ravindra Jadeja (3/10)
Jadeja disappointed with his batting as he scored only 19 runs, especially in a situation where India needed runs to put up on the board. Speaking of his bowling, he did bowl economically but failed to deliver wickets which could have turned the match in India’s favour. Its just a matter of time to see when he gets dropped off from the team as his performance as an all-rounder is far below the expectations.
8) Axar Patel (2/10)
Dhoni played Patel in this match as an extra spinning option. Young patel could not deliver with bat as he was dismissed for a duck and his bowling performance also was disappointing. Although he took the important wicket of Litton Das, who was looking quite aggressive, Patel went for too many runs.
9) Ravichandran Ashwin (7/10)
Ravi Ashwin has become the Rahul Dravid of Indian bowling as he is the only bowler on whom Indians can depend solely as they used to do on Dravid for his batting. Ashwin bowled his full 10 overs, giving two vital maidens, giving only 32 runs and scalping the important wicket of Soumya Sarkar. He is now India’s most successful and consistent bowler for India.
10) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/10)
It was yet another disappointing bowling show from the pacer as he never really looked to threaten the Bangladesh batsmen and Dhoni only used him for five overs. His greatest weapon, which his swing in the initial overs is not coming handy and the lethal yorkers which he bowls during the death overs are drying up too.
11) Dhawal Kulkarni (4.5/10)
Kulkarni was chosen over the likes of India regulars Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav and was expected to bring some ferocity in the Indian bowling attack which looked bleak in the last match. Kulkarni started well by removing Tamim Iqbal early but somewhere lost his touch later in the match.