Of her last 50 ODI games, India has won 26, lost 21 and 3 games have ended in a “no result”.
Of these India has batted in the 2nd Innings in 25 of these games — nearly 50% of the games!
Of these 50 recent ODI games, India has:
- lost 14 games batting first (including the recent shock loss to Bangladesh).
- lost 7 games batting 2nd
- won 8 games batting first
- won 18 games batting second
In other words, in recent times, of the games India has won, nearly 70% of them have come when India has chased a target!
Moreover, when India chases a target (plays in the 2nd innings), India wins 72% of its games!
Furthermore, in recent times, if India bats first, it only wins 36% of its games!
With a record like this, Blind Freddy would have said, “win toss bat second”. Unfortunately, Dravid wasn’t blind when he called/chose. Nor was his name Freddy!
Why would Dravid bat first on a seaming pitch and that too with an ‘opener’ who is short on form? Strikes me of pig-headed bravado.
[Happy to be corrected if any of the above is wrong]