The Indian cricket team’s visit of Bangladesh got off to a losing start when they were defeated in the first one-day international by a narrow margin of one wicket. Despite putting a score below par of 186 runs on the board, India appeared to be on the path to win. However, wicket-keeper KL Rahul dropped the all-important catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraz before Washington Sundar appeared to hesitate to even approach a catching opportunity. Dinesh Karthik, a veteran from India who plays wicketkeeper and bats, was left perplexed after witnessing the fielding errors made by the duo.
Dinesh Karthik, in his capacity as a pundit on Cricbuzz, acknowledged that he was at a loss to comprehend why Sundar did not attempt to catch the ball when he had the opportunity.
“The obvious decline in KL Rahul’s performance near the finish, as well as Sundar’s absence; I have no idea why he didn’t come in. If he had seen the ball, he should have gone for it; however, I don’t know if it was because of the lighting, and even if I did, I wouldn’t know anyhow.
That is a question that can only be answered by him. It was a draw in terms of the overall fielding effort. It was not the best day, but it was also not the worst day. I suppose that in the end, due to the strain, we also abandoned some of our boundaries “explained Karthik.
As a result of the incident, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, was enraged to the point that he lost his composure on the field after witnessing Miraz’s catch go untaken not once, but twice in the game’s final few overs.
During the post-match news conference, KL Rahul admitted that India squandered two opportunities to catch the ball towards the end of the game.
“That’s the way cricket is played. You must always be prepared for the unexpected. As long as people continue to play cricket, incidents of this nature will continue to take place. They put up a valiant effort right up until the finish, but between a few of lost catches and that innings from Mehidy, they were ultimately defeated “he remarked.
When they play Bangladesh in the second one-day international on Wednesday, the Indian team will be hoping to make amends for their performance in the first match.