The rivalry between the two teams took a bitter turn during the quarter final clash in the previously concluded ICC cricket world cup where a controversy arose regarding a no-ball bowled by Rubel Hossain to Rohit Sharma. Bangladesh players believed that it was a legal delivery and a feeling of rage, anger and protest swept across the entire team and its after effects can still be felt.
Now speaking technically, India are no doubt the better side with a world cup semi final to show for and second ranked team in the World, whereas Bangladesh is the eight ranked team.
But there is no reason to under estimate the home side as they recently thrashed Pakistan 3-0 in their home in an ODI series and recently drew the one-off test match in Fatullah against India .
They will be pumped up to show the Indians their worth on their own soil. An extra motivation will be working for Bangladesh as a series win will put them closer to qualify for the Champions Trophy 2017.
Lets take a look at 5 points from the perspective of Bangladesh as to what they should do if they want to come out victorious in this ODI series.
5 things which Bangladesh should do:
1) To restrict India’s powerful batting:
The greatest threat to Bangladesh is the Indian batting line up. So if they want to go anywhere near being victorious, they have to break the backbone of the Indian batting which includes names like Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane. These players are capable enough to make any bowler look silly on the field. So Bangladesh need to counter attack with their bowling.
The role of the pace trio of consisting experienced Mashrafe Mortaza, fiery Rubel Hossain and young Taskin Ahmed will be very crucial for the home team as they would look for early wickets and during powerplays where bowlers concede most runs.
Their fast bowling will be complemented by the spinners in the form of Shakid Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny and Nasir Hossain.
2) Bangladesh batsman have to score big to intimidate Indian:
The batting line up of Bangladesh looks pretty decent which features seasoned players like opener Tamim Iqbal and young Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle order and Nasir Hossain and Sabbir Rahman in the lower middle order. Young Litton Das, who made an impressive Test debut, has to keep up the same show as he did few days back.
If they want to take the fight back to India, they have to concentrate on scoring runs, building partnerships, taking calculated risks and utilizing the power-play overs. They should never get impatient and play foolish strokes and get themselves out. They performed really well against Pakistan’s bowling but they should keep in mind that the Indian bowling line up is far better as compared to Pakistan on current form at least.
3) Improve Fielding:
Fielding has been a major drawback for the home team since its inception. Although they have improved a lot throughout the years, still its considered to be low by international standards. If the bowlers somehow fail to contain the Indian batsmen, the fielders have to step up to the cause. Their fielding must be compact and an aggressive one, saving as many runs as possible, converting half chances to full ones and missing out catches is out of the context as they will be playing against one of the best batting sides in world cricket.
4) Captain has to lead from the front:
The success of a team in the cricket field depends considerably on the leadership skills of the captain. Bangladesh has Mashrafe Mortaza as their captain in this series.
Mashrafe is the most experienced player in the squad and in the world cup we saw that he led his country with passion, aggression and with the determination to win the matches. His attacking style of captaincy backed by his rich experience of international cricket and his ability to bring out the best from each of his players will play a key role in Bangladesh’s performance. How he uses his players in the field against India in front of his home crowd will be treat to watch for ant cricket fan.
5) Bangladesh home crowd should act as 12th man:
Lastly, Bangladesh will be hugely banking upon the tremendous crowd support which they will enjoy by virtue of playing in their home soil. All the three matches are expected to be full house with around 95 % of the audience supporting the home team. A good crowd support can bring out the best from any team as the players will be charged to give their ultimate best irrespective of their opposition.