Former India player Mohammad Kaif has said that India’s death-bowling issues came into the limelight and that’s why they succumbed under pressure in the first ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday, December 4 as well. The Indian team were bowled out for a below-par 186 after being put in to bat first. However, their bowlers reduced the hosts to 136/9 before an unbeaten 51-run last-wicket-partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman helped them win.
While reviewing the game on Sony Sports, Kaif said: “It was India’s game, they had taken nine wickets. The bowling was excellent, they got India back into the game after the batters had a bad day. The bowling covered up for that until the 40th over, but the last 10 overs, who is our death bowler? Is it Deepak Chahar or Kuldeep Sen? We dropped catches. KL Rahul doesn’t keep that often. He is a good fielder, he ran out Liton Das with a direct hit from the deep in the T20 World Cup. Sundar didn’t dive to try and take the catch.”
However, KL Rahul dropped Miraz when Bangladesh still required 32 runs with the last pair in the middle. Washington Sundar did not go for a catch offered by him off the very next delivery as well. Kaif further added that Team India needs to learn how to handle pressure if they want to do well in next year’s World Cup.
“The fielders were seen under pressure. We made mistakes under pressure. We bowled wide balls and no-balls. You have to overcome pressure if you have to win the World Cup. That is how a team emerges, whether you talk about New Zealand or England, who are at the top in white-ball cricket. I am disappointed that we are crumbling under pressure. You can talk about captaincy or bowling changes. The game went well until the 40th over, but then came Mehidy Hasan Miraz and showed the Bangladesh batters how to play. But I feel the young bowlers couldn’t finish the game in the last 10 overs,” Mohammad Kaif concluded.