India go into Bangladesh ODI series with one eye on next year’s World Cup

For the reason that mixture of captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid took over after the 2021 T20 World Cup, India have performed 21 ODIs, the joint-highest for a Check facet together with the West Indies on this interval. In fact, nearly all of those video games slipped beneath the radar in a T20 World Cup 12 months, however not anymore.

After the three-match away collection in opposition to Bangladesh beginning on Sunday, India have at the very least 12 extra ODIs lined up at house, plus doubtlessly half a dozen extra within the subsequent Asia Cup in related situations, as they construct as much as the 2023 World Cup which they’ll host.

After the latest ODI collection in New Zealand that was hampered by rain, stand-in skipper for the tour Shikhar Dhawan had mentioned that every one these upcoming ODIs in South Asian situations, beginning with the Bangladesh collection, could be a extra “sensible” option to put together for the World Cup. Dhawan’s level is bolstered by India’s latest previous; of the 21 ODIs they’ve performed beneath this group administration, solely six have been at house, and all the remainder have the truth is been performed outdoors Asia – in South Africa, England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Additionally, the Bangladesh tour is the primary time captain Rohit and former captain Virat Kohli shall be taking part in ODI cricket because the England tour in July. One other first-choice participant, KL Rahul, hit by one damage or one other and workload-managed as properly, has performed a mere six ODI innings since way back to March 2021. So will probably be after fairly a while that India could have at their disposal a more-or-less first-choice ODI batting line-up of Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul and Rishabh Pant, except the rested Hardik Pandya and, arguably, Suryakumar Yadav.

Given this truth, it stays to be seen what sort of alternatives the likes of Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tripathi and Rajat Patidar get. Contemplating there was solely a three-day hole between the tip of the New Zealand tour and the primary ODI in Dhaka, there might be a case for giving among the fringe gamers a go on Sunday, and the regulars – Dhawan, Iyer and Pant – who’ve flown in from Christchurch – might play the remaining two matches. It was contemplating this quick interval between the 2 away collection that the selectors had picked a 17-man squad for Bangladesh, because the now-outgoing chief selector Chetan Sharma had knowledgeable then.

There shall be extra alternatives accessible on the bowling entrance, with Mohammed Shami’s damage now added to the continued absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. The wrist-spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shouldn’t be a part of this journey as properly, with the finger-spin of Axar Patel and Washington Sundar anticipated to be efficient on the sluggish pitches in Bangladesh. Once more, with pacers Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Umran Malik flying in from New Zealand, will Kuldeep Sen get a chance on Sunday? And if and when Umran Malik performs, how potent will he be on these surfaces?

The Indian assault is coming off a poor ODI collection in New Zealand. They had been blown away by Tom Latham and Kane Williamson in Auckland, unable to exert a lot strain whereas defending 306. That they had solely 219 to work with in Christchurch, however on a useful monitor, had been once more ineffective as New Zealand moved to 104 for 1 in 18 overs earlier than rain ended the match.

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No walkover

Circumstances shall be vastly totally different in Bangladesh, however the opponents might be no much less tough. Bangladesh don’t get sufficient credit score for having constructed up a formidable ODI report at house over the previous decade or so – they’ve misplaced only one collection since 2014. On India’s final journey there, again in 2015, they misplaced the ODI collection 1-2.

Rohit is properly conscious of the problem the hosts might pose. “Within the final 7-8 years, the Bangladesh group has been a special group, a really difficult group. We now have not had straightforward wins in opposition to them. We now have needed to play good cricket to win in opposition to them and each time we performed them, it has been a detailed recreation. Even within the T20 World Cup, it was a detailed recreation,” Rohit mentioned forward of the collection opener.

“And we misplaced the 2015 collection final time we had been right here. On no account will we come right here considering that it’ll be a cakewalk for us. We all know they’re group, a really improved group in the previous couple of years, so we should play good cricket to win this. It’s not going to be straightforward for us.”

Even with out the presence of the injured Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed, Bangladesh have the providers of veterans Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah within the center order. Liton Das, who had India anxious within the T20 World Cup with a glowing knock, will lead in Tamim’s absence, and the artful Mustafizur Rahman, who introduced himself to the world with a five-for on debut in opposition to the Indians in 2015, will lead the bowling assault.

With a collection win in opposition to the neighbours of their yard now not assured, particularly on this format, India have some work to do. On the similar time, additionally they have the World Cup behind their minds, however Rohit mentioned that it was necessary to not get too caught up simply with the last word aim. “The World Cup remains to be 8-9 months from now. We can’t assume thus far forward. We’ll regulate what we have to do as a group, the place we have to enhance,” he mentioned.

“I feel it will be important for us to not begin occupied with too many issues – the World Cup, that is the mix, that’s the mixture, we have to play this man, that man. Me and coach have a good concept as to what we need to do and we are going to slender it down as soon as we get nearer to the World Cup. However we do need to play good cricket until we come near the World Cup.”

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