Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that India can’t afford to lose the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10, saying that momentum is important for the upcoming Test series later in the month. However, India faced yet another defeat in their second consecutive ODI series in Bangladesh after they failed to chase 272 in the 2nd match in Mirpur on Wednesday as well. Notably, Team India lost an ODI series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh in 2015 as well.
“They have to pick their strong side. It’s a matter of finding confidence for the Test match that follows. The composition of the Test squad and the ODI squad is going to be a little different. But against a team that is batting and bowling so well, Bangladesh have been outstanding. India need to win this. India need to reduce the margin to 2-1. Win the 3rd ODI and get their confidence up and try and win the Test in Chattogram,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Sports.
Notably, Team India have been facing an injury scare as captain Rohit Sharma, who picked up a finger injury, will not be available for the 3rd ODI alongside Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Sen. However, Gavaskar has also pointed out that it’s important for India to win the 2 Tests in Bangladesh before taking on mighty Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series in February-March next year as well.
“The incentive, of course, is if India win the Test series. India have got 4 Tests against Australia in February. If they win these two Tests, out of these 6 Tests, they have to win 5, they give themselves a very good chance to qualify for the World Test Championship,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.