Batsmen looked sluggish under the leadership of KL Rahul
Questions raised on awkward decisions in selection
Indian team won against Bangladesh
new Delhi. India’s batting in the two-Test series against Bangladesh lacked the aggression promised by skipper KL Rahul and the awkward selection decisions are bound to be questioned. The Indian bowlers took 40 wickets in both the Tests, but by giving the opposition a chance to play till the end, the team was on the verge of losing the second Test, which it won by barely four wickets.
The pitch was challenging on the fourth day but scoring 145 should not have been that difficult. India made the mistake of playing too defensive on such a pitch. This gave Bangladesh spinners a chance to dominate. Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin stitched a useful partnership to save India from defeat but questions are being raised about the top-order batsmen’s average performance and selection lapses ahead of the upcoming home series against Australia.
India does not need to play very aggressively like England, but chasing the target of 145 runs, some aggression should have been shown. Captain Rahul himself did not look comfortable and lost wickets playing on the front foot in both the innings. Now his place in the team does not seem to be confirmed in the first Test against Australia in February.
Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara dodged in an attempt to go out and play. The batsmen of the current generation are not able to play spin well and their weakness has been exposed again. Virat Kohli is a great batsman but he himself would like to forget the innings of one run in 22 balls. India also made the mistake of leaving out Man of the Match Kuldeep Yadav, who took eight wickets in the first Test. With the third spinner on the turning pitch, India could have won on the third day itself.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 25, 2022, 20:12 IST