With India’s resounding 6-wicket defeat at the second One-Day Internationals between Bangladesh and India, not only has the country’s hope for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 waned, Dhoni’s captaincy has also been called into question.
Currently the captain of a limited-overs Indian team, Dhoni’s ‘failure’ at the bilateral series is a big blow to a team that lost, for the first time, a series in Bangladesh. His words at the post-match press conference portrayed his despair at the results and his own dismal performance in Mirpur, “If it is justified that you remove me and Indian cricket will start doing well then definitely I would love to step aside and play as just a player. Ultimately, it is most important for India to win and not who is leading them to the win.”
For the first time in bilateral series history, Bangladesh, the host country, has won two consecutive ODIs against India, first one on June 18, 2015 by 79 runs and the second one on June 21, 2015 by 6 wickets. Here are a few highlights from the matches. On the second day, Bangladesh was chasing a weak 200 in a 47-overs-a-side match washed by rain and scored it easily in 38 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh’s 19-year old left-arm pacer who picked up back-to-back five-wickets was again crowned Man of the Match and expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming final match, “I will try to do even better than this. Please pray for me so that I can bring honours for the country.”
- Shikhar Dhawan’s 13th half century in ODIs is his first vs Bangladesh.
- Three Indian batsmen have registered ducks — Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Axar Patel
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the sixth Indian batsman to complete 500 runs or more in ODIs in Bangladesh
- Mustafizur has become the third Bangladeshi bowler to bag six wickets in an innings in ODIs and the first bowler to take eleven wickets in his first two ODIs. He received his second Man of the Match award.
- Shakib (51 not out) has recorded 36 innings— 6 hundreds and 30 fifties
Bangladesh has qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with 10 consecutive ODI match wins on their home turf against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. The third and final ODI remains and is scheduled to be held on Wednesday June 24 where Team India will pray for pride. At this moment, all eyes are trained on the Indian captain to see if he delivers.