New Delhi. Bangladesh, batting first, had set a target of 266 runs on the basis of half-century innings of captain Shakib Al Hasan and Tauheed Hridayoy, chasing this score, Team India set a target of 259 runs. But it was limited.
In the 6th and last match of Asia Cup 2023 Super-4, Team India led by Rohit Sharma had to face a close defeat by 6 runs. Batting first, Bangladesh had set a target of 266 runs on the basis of half-centuries by captain Shakib Al Hasan and Tauheed Hridayoy, chasing this score, Team India was limited to 259 runs. During this, Shubman Gill played a century and Akshar Patel played a brilliant inning of 42 runs, but they could not lead the team to victory. This is India’s first defeat in the Asia Cup Super-4 and only the second defeat in this tournament against Bangladesh. Let us know about the 5 big reasons for India’s defeat against Bangladesh-
Rohit Sharma did more experiments than necessary
Against Bangladesh, India’s experiments definitely proved costly. After this defeat, Rohit Sharma definitely said that looking at the bigger picture, he gave a chance to those players who can play in the upcoming World Cup. But making 5 changes simultaneously in the playing 11 proved costly for the team. It can be justified to give rest to players like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah as the bowlers had sweated a lot against Pakistan and Sri Lanka back to back, but rest to key players like Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav should be given to Rohit before the Asia Cup final. Should not have given. Constantly giving rest to key players before the World Cup could prove costly for India.
Spinners failed in Kuldeep’s absence
Spinners not taking wickets against Bangladesh is one of the main reasons for India’s defeat. Kuldeep Yadav is included in the list of top-5 bowlers taking the most wickets in Asia Cup 2023. But in his absence, the other two spinners Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja looked quite lackluster. Together, both of them bowled 19 overs against Bangladesh in which they took only two wickets for 100 runs. The Indian spin unit needs to show strength.
batting unit flopped
The Indian middle order was to be tested against Bangladesh after the early dismissal of captain Rohit Sharma. In the absence of Virat Kohli, the middle order batsmen disappointed a lot. While Tilak Verma, who was debuting in this match, could score only 4 runs, KL Rahul returned to the pavilion on the score of 19. The way Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were also out, their lack of experience was clearly visible. The Indian batting unit was a complete flop against Bangladesh.
Surya is not able to break the ODI
Suryakumar Yadav may be the number-1 player in T20 cricket, but he has not been able to break into ODI cricket yet. Seeing his ability to play T20 cricket, he got a place in the Asia Cup and World Cup squads. But due to continuous poor performance, he has increased the concern of the captain and selectors. While trying to hit consecutive sweep shots against Bangladesh, Surya gave his wicket to Shakib Al Hasan. His performance in ODI cricket has not been ideal so far.
Ravindra Jadeja’s batting form is a matter of concern
Jaddu plays the role of a spin all-rounder in the Indian team. He is performing brilliantly in bowling. But his batting form has been lackluster for some time now. Jadeja has not scored a single half-century with his bat since 2022, while his strike rate has also been very poor during this period. Strike rate is most important in the position where Jaddu comes to bat. If we talk about the Indian players batting with the lowest strike rate in the year 2023 who have faced at least 100 balls, then Jadeja tops the list with a strike rate of 56.79. This poor performance of Jadeja with the bat can put India in trouble.
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