Saba Karim believes Team India’s white-ball cricket needs restructuring after they lost to Bangladesh in the first ODI in Mirpur on Sunday, December 4. They were bowled out for 186 after being asked to bat first. However, their bowlers did well before an unbroken 51-run last-wicket partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman helped them sealed the deal.
While reviewing India’s batting performance during a discussion on Sony Sports, Karim said: “It is now time for us to pay attention to our white-ball cricket. The first thing is you will have to decide that our white-ball cricket has some issues which need to be resolved and for that, I feel you need an entire restructuring. This is being discussed for many days, if you have agreed that there is a problem, how will you address it? Do we need to bring a change in our game plan or our brand of cricket? Do we need to play with a different template? If we have to play like that, do we have the players like that or not?”
However, Team India scored only 48 runs in the first 10 overs despite having lost just one wicket. Shakib Al Hasan then dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the 11th over and the team could not recover from there despite KL Rahul’s 73-run knock as well.
“If you feel you have the players like that, are we creating an environment like that so that they can bat freely, if we have decided that we have to bat aggressively. I feel we are still in doubt what path we need to take and on top of that if we get a challenging wicket like today, we get stuck even more. You will have to create different profiles for players and empower them that if you have to play aggressive cricket, this has to be your approach, then you cannot go the other way, whichever way the game might be going. You will have to continue to bat dominantly if you have decided that is going to be your template,” Saba Karim concluded.