Dinesh Karthik – The overall fielding effort was 50-50, not the best day, but it was not the worst day either
The Indian cricket team got off to a terrible beginning on the tour of Bangladesh, losing the first ODI by a pitiful edge of 1 wicket, in a chat on Cricbuzz as a pundit; Karthik admitted that he couldn’t understand why Sundar didn’t come in attempting to get the ball.
The Indian cricket team got off to a terrible beginning on the tour of Bangladesh, losing the first ODI by a pitiful edge of 1 wicket.
India appeared to be on course to victory despite posting a below-par score of 186 runs on the board, but wicket-keeper KL Rahul dropped the all-important catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraz before Washington Sundar seemed to have refused to even approach a catching opportunity.
Veteran India wicket-keeper batter, Dinesh Karthik, reacting to the fielding lapses by the duo, was left bewildered.
In a chat on Cricbuzz as a pundit, Karthik admitted that he couldn’t understand why Sundar didn’t come in attempting to get the ball.
“Obviously, KL Rahul’s drop towards the end and Sundar not coming, don’t know why he didn’t come in. I don’t know if it was because of the lights, which I wouldn’t know, but if he had seen the ball, he should have gone for it. That’s only a question he can answer. Overall fielding effort was 50-50. Not the best day, but it was not the worst day either. I guess in the end, with the pressure, we left some boundaries as well,”said Karthik.
The incident had left India captain Rohit Sharma irate who even lost his cool on the field seeing Miraz’s catch go asking not once but twice in the final few overs.
KL Rahul, in the post-match press conference, conceded that India lost two catching opportunities at the end.
“That’s cricket right. You have to expect the unexpected. As long as cricket has been played, these kinds of things keep happening. They fought very well till the end and a couple of dropped catches and that innings from Mehidy,”he said.
The Indian team would be hoping to put things right as they meet Bangladesh again in the 2nd ODI on Wednesday.
India squad for the ODI series against Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Yash Dayal
Bangladesh Squad: Litton Das (c, wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Anamul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Nurul Hasan (wk), Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto