The first of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and Bangladesh will be played on Sunday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. After missing the ODI series against New Zealand, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul will return for Men In Blue. They decided to take a break and recharge their batteries before returning to India’s duties in Bangladesh. Virat would be an exciting player to watch.
After more than three years, he returned to form with a century in the Asia Cup and then hit four fifties in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. India are on the back foot after Mohammed Shami injured his shoulder during warm-ups for the first ODI. Umran Malik, who recently made his ODI debut in New Zealand, has taken his place in the squad.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, had a good rest after their early exit from the T20 World Cup. A major setback for them as well, as captain Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out due to injury, and Litton Das will lead the side in his absence. Bangladesh will be looking to make a statement in their home series, especially after their heartbreaking loss in the T20 World Cup not long ago. In any case, the rivalry between the two countries is quite strong, as fans tend to become emotional.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz attempts a wild slog against Shardul Thakur, and the top edge takes it past the keeper. KL Rahul does not give up and instead gets under it before dropping it! Oh my goodness. Will that be an expensive drop? Rohit Sharma, the captain, can’t believe it. Bangladesh requires 29 runs in 42 balls and has one wicket in hand.
Following the recent ODI series in New Zealand, which was hampered by rain, tour stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan stated that all of the upcoming ODIs in South Asian conditions, beginning with the Bangladesh series, would be a more “practical” way to prepare for the World Cup. Dhawan’s point is bolstered by India’s recent history: of the 21 ODIs played under this team management, only six have been played at home, with the rest taking place in South Africa, England, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand.