Champions Are Down, Wheels Have Fallen Off

Bangladesh vs India

What a series!! What a clinical performance!! Normally, we relate these phrases with Indian cricket team, but things have changed this time. The unthinkable has just happened, believe it or not, but India has lost its first ever bilateral series against Bangladesh. The so called minnows of the world cricket have taught India a lesson which I am sure they will never forget.

Before the series started, no one has given Bangladesh even an ounce of chance of winning even a single match, forget about a series win. There was no hype, no press reports and no scrutiny of players whatsoever. In short, it was the series, which was scheduled to get Indian players out of their rustiness. And that’s what cost us dearly.

There’s no denial that we have been outplayed in every department of the game but there were few mistakes, had it been avoided, then the story could have been different:

1. Complacency: It is no secret that we always use to take minnows lightly, and Bangladesh is no different. The body language of our players was so low as if they were playing a street level cricket. Catches have been dropped, run out chances gone missed and so on.

2. Opening woe: Since the departure of the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and ouster of Virender Sehwag, we are still in a hunt of an established opening pair. Though our current opener Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has given us many solid starts, but they are largely inconsistent, both together and individually. In this series also they got the starts but it has never been converted into big ones.

Bangladesh vs India

3. No Kohli Kamaal: In my opinion, an individual should never be blamed in a team loss. But given a stature Virat Kohli has maintained from the past 4-5 years, it’s very obvious that a lot is expected from him. Arguably, he is a legend in making, but since the Australian tour, he is been out of form, and his lean path in this series also cost India dearly.

4. Captain not so cool anymore: Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is known for his cool head and calm behavior all over the world, has not looked in his usual demeanor. He looked rusty and his original cunning ability was missing. Adding salt to wound, dhoni’s unprecedented scuffle with Mustafizur Rahman stunned the whole cricket fraternity.

5. Lower order and humble bowling: We can say that these are 2 departments in which we collectively failed. There was no resilience shown by our lower order. So called all-rounders like Ravindra Jadeja and R. Ashwin looked out of form. Our bowlers leaked run on consistent basis and didn’t look shrewd at all.

Having so many drawbacks in one series is so unfortunate, and the question is “will India be able to bounce back?. I am sure they will. This was not the last series; we have a long season ahead. And if we play to our potential, then I am sure, there will be no stopping back.

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