5 Mistakes Team India Committed During The Match Against Bangladesh That Cost Us The Win
When you see your opponent do great, you must acknowledge their hard work, applaud and move on, that's what's called a sportsmanship. It is however of utmost importance to learn from that loss and work on your weakness to prevent the same things from happening again.
The first T20I match between India and Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium is the classic example of the two lessons mentioned above. Here are the five major mistakes that the Men in Blue committed and let that ninth consecutive victory against the Tigers slip away from themselves in the shortest format of the game:
1. Rishabh Pant Causes Shikhar Dhawan's Wicket Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is going to be mentioned a lot during the article starting out with the horrible running between the wickets that he did which led to the dismissal of a set batsman in Shikhar Dhawan in the 15th over.
Shikhar dhawan fan army waiting for rishabh pant #INDvBANpic.twitter.com/0rjkEMOsUJ— Deepak Pareek (@being_kabir) November 3, 2019
Slow to get out of the crease during the first run followed by a call for the second run when the ball was already in the hands of the fielder was a horrible call at the hands of the 22-year-old cricketer.
2. Not Calling DRS Against Mushfiqur Rahim On Two Occasions While it is difficult to digest the fact that the umpires were doing an abysmal job in decision-making when it came to LBW appeals, Rohit Sharma's woes with the DRS continued to haunt him throughout the second innings of the match.
Chahal wanted to go for the review on 9.3. But didnt plead like Ash/Jaddu generally do!— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) November 3, 2019
For 9.2 Rohit asked Chahal if he should go for the review. But backed out thinking there was an edge!#INDvBAN
Rahim was having a difficult time reading Yuzvendra Chahal's platora of deliveries and during his second over, Chahal even managed to get the ball to hit him on the pads, right in front of the wickets. While Sharma wrongly put his faith in Pant and Chahal on the first occasion, the second incident wasn't even discussed.
3. Unnecessary DRS Appeal By Rishabh Pant The one time Team India should have stayed away from taking the review, Rohit Sharma went for it. To be fair to the substitute captain, he decided to go ahead with the solitary review based on Rishabh Pant's excessive assertiveness with the call.
pic.twitter.com/im2HxKmSAP— Jagadhish D (@MSdhoni7788) November 3, 2019
“Laga, laga, laga,” shouted the young wicket-keeper thinking that he had the cricketer on a caught behind and convinced the skipper to go ahead and go for the call. Not taking a lot of time, the third-umpire said that there was no contact and India lost the review.
4. Krunal Pandya Drops A Dolly Arguably the moment that turned the game completely in favour of the Tigers came in the 18th over. With 33 runs required off 16 deliveries, it was still anybody's game when Rahim struck towards the deep midwicket and the ball came flying into the hands of Krunal Pandya.
#IndvsBan Krunal Pandya. Useless fellow. I was sitting in third row in East Stand today just behind where Krunal Pandya was standing. I had started celebrating when Rahim had played the slog sweep. I could not believe my eyes that Pandya dropped that catch. pic.twitter.com/Ug6nQfO1bQ— Different 👀 Perspective🔭 (@Iam_VaibhavGoel) November 3, 2019
Surprisingly Pandya, who's proven to be a decent fielder in the past, someone managed to drop the ball off his hands and gave away four runs as well.
5. Khaleel Ahmed's Penultimate Over Yes, it is true that Khaleel Ahmed was only one of the three Indians to scalp a wicket last night, it is also true that he was the most expensive bowler from Sharma's bowling attack.
Khaleel Ahmed's last 4 deliveries in the 19th over described-— Deep Kumar (@deep_kumar07) November 3, 2019
Known for not being the best options in death overs, giving the ball in the final moments of the game against an established batsman like Rahim and a big hitter like Mahmudullah Riyad was the worst decision Sharma could have made. The result? Rahim sent four of Ahmed's consecutive deliveries for boundaries, making a joke out of the required run rate.