Ahead of the 50-over World Cup next year, India’s preparation has not quite gone as planned as the Men in Blue already lost two ODI series against New Zealand and Bangladesh. The team and management received a lot of criticism for the performance they have shown in the format in recent times. Some fans and experts blamed the player rotation policy for the poor display.
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan criticized India’s conservative batting approach in white-ball format. The most recent of those was after India suffered a heartbreaking exit from the T20 World Cup after losing to England in the semis.
“Since winning 50 over World Cup what have they done? Nothing. India are playing a white-ball game that is dated and have done for years. India are the most underperforming white-ball team in history. Every player in the world who goes to the Indian Premier League says how it improves their game but what have India ever delivered?” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
Ishan Kishan saved the honor for India
Staring at a clean sweep after suffering close defeats in the first two ODIs, India bounced back in an emphatic fashion and dished out an all-round performance to register a comprehensive 227-run victory in the third one-dayer against Bangladesh, their third-highest victory in terms of runs.
Young India batter Ishan Kishan broke a plethora of records during his monster innings of 210 during the third ODI in Chattogram on Sunday. Ishan, who replaced the injured captain Rohit Sharma in India’s Playing XI went hammer and tongs and inflicted carnage on the Bangladesh bowlers en route to becoming only the fourth India cricketer to score an ODI double ton.
Ishan reached his double century off just 126 balls, joining legends Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rohit, and put on a stellar 290-run partnership with Virat Kohli for the second wicket. He scored 210 runs coming off just 131 balls including 24 fours and 10 sixes that helped India pile up a mammoth 409/8.