The Indian Cricket team got off to a disappointing start in the ongoing tour of Bangladesh. In the first ODI, India lost by a close margin of one wicket. Despite making a below-par score of 186 runs, the Men in Blue were in a good position to win the game. But the Indian players missed two catches at crucial periods which could have ended the match right there with India needing just one wicket.
Bangladesh went on to make a half-century partnership for the last wicket. Chasing 187, Bangladesh lost nine wickets for 136 runs. In such a situation, India's victory seemed certain. But wicketkeeper KL Rahul dropped an important catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraj. It was a relatively difficult catch to hang on to as the ball was launched high into the night sky. Nevertheless, it was a catch that had to be taken.
In the same over, Washington Sundar was presented with a catching opportunity at third region. Unfortunately for India, he did not commit enough to the catch, and eventually, the ball fell short.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that India Captain Rohit Sharma would be disappointed with his side’s poor display with the bat and on the field. He added that the bowlers did their job pretty well. “He must be crediting the bowlers. He knows they brought them back in the game. In many ways they delivered for the first 40 overs, that is the 80 per cent of the bowling,” said Karthik on Cricbuzz.
He will definitely have a word with the batters: Dinesh Karthik
“He would be disappointed with the fielding. You would expect more from the fielders. In those clutch moments you want those half-chances taken and don't want to give away easy boundaries. He will definitely have a word with the batters, tell them that I know it's one blip but we are going to experience these wickets in the next couple of games as well. So let us figure out. Let us not think about 300-320, be realistic about what we can get and bat towards that as the goal," added the veteran India batter.
“Two practice sessions won't change you too much as a player. That is always the case, that is always how it works. What will help is introspection at an individual level. One good thing about the Indian team is their ability to bounce back from adversity. They have been a team that has constantly been thrown challenges but they have found a way to come out on top,” concluded Karthik.