The rain marred one off test ended in a draw but, brought out many lessons for both the teams to implement in the ODI matches starting 17 Jun.
Virat Kohli as a captain looked over confident. His few decisions were just too bad and it is surprising that no commentator, media or critics ever commented on those erring aspects.
I have written many posts on Virat Kohli covering his attitude, behavior and game. All are requested to search my earlier posts to get a real insight into Mtr Kohli.The following were a few of the wrong decisions made by him:-
Playing three pacers
- Umesh, Ishant and Aaron were played in test. In the first innings of Bangladesh, all three combined bowled just bowled 23 overs out of a total of 65.5 overs bowled by India( 42.5 bowled by Harbhajan and Ashwin). Only Aaron picked up just one wicket. That goes to show poor reading of the pitch by Mt Kohli.
- M Rahim had chosen to rest his reliable fast bowlers and play spinners. Why could Kohli and management not appreciate the nature of pitch and play additional spinner- Karn Sharma? His leg spin would have helped and probably India would have won the test match. This was the best time to give Karn a chance. He was rested in Australia also. Why select a young player when he is to sit on the bench? Very funny.
Not playing C Pujara
- On date, Pujara is one of the most reliable batsmen and an opener for India. He has recently returned from England having played plenty of domestic cricket. Why was he not chosen to open against Bangladesh? Very surprising.
- Either Kohli was too scared of losing the match and thus, relied on the IPL players (Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Rahane) or it is sheer politics in cricket which deprived Pujara from opening for India.
I have never liked the idea of Kohli leading India in any format of the game. He is a plucky batsmen who has extreme behavior patterns on the field. Rohit Sharma will prove to be a better captain than Kohli. If he does not improve his behavior, the time is not far when he will have to be deprived of his captaincy for erratic behavior. This will be an example in itself in the cricketing world. Have we ever noticed any other captain of cricketing nations behave like him? No Never.
Bangladesh will be a very tough nut to crack in the ODis. After beating Pakistan in all three ODIs last month, India could be in for some thrashing. Just wait and watch.