The Indian cricket team got off to a bad start on their tour of Bangladesh, losing the first one-day international by a single wicket. Despite posting a below-par total of 186 runs, India appeared to be on course for victory until wicket-keeper KL Rahul dropped the crucial catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraz before Washington Sundar appeared to refuse to even approach a catching opportunity. Dinesh Karthik, India’s veteran wicket-keeper batter, was perplexed by the duo’s fielding errors.
Karthik admitted as a pundit on Cricbuzz that he couldn’t understand why Sundar didn’t come in and try to catch the ball.
“Obviously, KL Rahul’s drop near the end and Sundar’s absence; I’m not sure why he didn’t come in. I’m not sure if it was the lights, which I wouldn’t know, but if he saw the ball, he should have gone for it. That is a question only he can answer. The overall fielding effort was split 50/50. It wasn’t the best day, but it wasn’t the worst either. I suppose, in the end, with the pressure, we also left some boundaries “Karthik stated.
The incident enraged India captain Rohit Sharma, who lost his cool on the field after seeing Miraz’s catch go begging not once, but twice in the final few overs.
KL Rahul admitted in the post-match press conference that India missed two catching opportunities at the end.
“That’s cricket, correct? You must be prepared for the unexpected. This has been happening for as long as cricket has been played. They fought hard until the end, despite a couple of dropped catches and Mehidy’s innings “He stated.
The Indian team will look to put things right when they face Bangladesh in the second ODI on Wednesday.