Team India suffered a shocking one-wicket win loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI played at Sher E Bangla Stadium, Mirpur on December 4, 2022. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were all disappointed with their batting.
KL Rahul was the stand-out performer for Team India with 73 runs as the Men in Blue were bundled out for 186. Indian bowling looked impressive with Mohammed Siraj the pick of bowlers with three wickets. Debutant Kuldeep Sen grabbed two wickets, while the rest of the bowlers including Washington Sundar grabbed important scalps.
India reduced Bangladesh to 136 for 9 before Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman put on stunning unbeaten 51 runs for the final wicket. India will look to bounce back in the second one-day international to be played on December 7 played at the same ground.
Here we look at the 3 changes that India can make in the second ODI against Bangladesh.
#1 Umran Malik in place Kuldeep Sen
Umran Malik could be given a chance to replace debutant Kuldeep Sen. Malik made his ODI debut in the ODI series against New Zealand and impressed with his speed. He grabbed 3 wickets during the 0-1 loss against the Kiwis side.
Malik has been named as a replacement for Mohammed Shami in the ODI squad. Kuldeep Sen struggled initially before picking 2 wickets. He could not withstand the pressure put by Mehidy Miraz.
If the pitch helps the pace bowlers, then Umran could be a major threat to Bangladeshi batters and create major inroads.
#2 Axar Patel in place of Shahbaz Ahmed
The tall left-arm spinner Axar Patel did not feature in the first ODI due to an injury. Shahbaz Ahmed was dismissed without opening his account while he bowled decently giving away 39 runs in his 9 overs. He troubled the Bangladeshi batters but could not succeed in picking up wickets defending 187.
Axar Patel could be an ideal choice with his all-around abilities. He can bowl stump to stump and make things happen. Patel also has done well in tough situations with the bat in the lower order. His utility could be handy during the second ODI.
Shahbaz Ahmed made his ODI debut in the home series against South Africa. Axar Patel could be helpful and could be a major threat to Bangladeshi batters.
#3 Make Deepak Chahar bat higher
The Indian batting order failed miserably in the first ODI, especially the lower order. After the loss of Sundar’s wicket, other batters struggled against Shakib AL Hasan. He batted at No. 9 being dismissed without opening his account.
Deepak Chahar could bat higher at number 8 and provide some support. Chahar has done well in the ODI format with 2 half-centuries to his name. The Indian batting will do well if Deepak bats higher and provide stability as Indian batting failed last 50 overs.
Indian team needs support from Deepak Chahar lower down the order and help them to show some grit if the Men in Blue batting struggles again.