The India Bangladesh series has generated a lot of interest in India, with it being billed as the revenge series and so on. No matter how improved Bangladesh are or how poorly India have played recently, India were still outright favourites to win the series. However, the way they played wouldn’t have filled the already jittery Indian fans with confidence.
My main interest in the series was to see how the new comers fare and to see how well India rebound from their WC debacle. There were no newcomers in sight and it seems the scars left on the players with the WC loss have still not healed.
Tiwary has already gone back home and Chawla will have to wait another day to make his ODI debut. Although the team did not have 4 people from the WC squad, it had the same familiar faces…and there were the same familiar performances from the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Mongia and Zaheer.
Sehwag again flattered to deceive, scoring 4 boundaries of 5 balls and getting out to the next ball – a slower one. Yuvraj went for one. Dravid, Mongia and Gambhir didn’t score too many runs either. Sreesanth had earlier limped off the field after having bowled just 5 overs, while Zaheer Khan conceded 54 runs of 7 overs (inspite of 1 maiden over).
India were eventually saved the blushes by it’s two wicket keeper batsmen – Karthik apparently played a very mature innings (58 of 60) and so did Dhoni (91 of 106), who had cramping in his legs and had to bat with a runner. In the end India did win, but not convincingly.
Pick your game up, India and start playing good, tough cricket – you owe it to yourself as much as you owe it to us – your supporters.