Bangladesh humbles India; Dhoni offers to step down

Rajat Kain

Bangladesh-win-2Bangladesh has stunned cricket powerhouse India with a back to back win securing an unassailable lead in 3-match series at Mirpur on Sunday. While Bangladesh camp was jubilant after its first series victory against their illustrious neighbour, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni offered to resign after the humiliating series loss.

“If it is justifiable if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that’s happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player,” Dhoni said replying to a questioned in a post-match presser.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, ‘Men in Blue’ suffered a jolt early in their innings after deciding to bat in a must-win game. High on his five-wicket haul in the previous game, left arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman got in-form opener Rohit Sharma caught at the backward point. Rahman, who wrecked the Indian batting side handing the home team convincing 79 runs victory proved to the star yet again. And this was just a second game in the international career of 19-year old bowler.

Delhi boys Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan tried to resurrect the innings with brisk 74 runs partnership at nearly run-a-ball but Kohli was flummoxed by the straighter one from spinner Nasser Hossain. The break in the partnership went on to break the back as Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu too were dismissed soon with Indian scorecard reading precarious 110 at the loss of 4 wickets in 22nd over.

Raina and skipper Dhoni were good enough just to lend a half-century stand before the left hander was done in by a rising delivery from star of the evening Rahman. Dhoni too appeared clueless about the slower one from Rahman. The dismissals set cat amongst the pigeon and Indian side was folded at 200 in 45 overs.

With rains disrupting the match, the target was revised to 200 from 47 overs as per the Duckworth & Lewis rule, but it proved too little in substance and even in the merit.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal gave away his wicket with a rash drive only lobbing in the hands of Dhawan on the first slip, his partner Soumya Sarkar and one-downer Litton Das bailed Bangladesh out of the early trouble. The two batted with flair and aggression and made sure there were no casualties any time soon.

The home team did face a small scare in 20th over with 3 wickets down for 98 but Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim responded with positive stroke play. Finally Shakib took Bangladesh past the victory line with a 6-wicket victory amid loud cheers of the home crowd in paced Sher-e-Banga stadium. Jubilant celebrations broke out in Bangladesh dressing room with team-mates rushing in the field to celebrate humbling of cricket power house India, at least in the sub-continent.

With India losing its first series against Bangladesh, tagged as ‘minnows’ in the world cricket, several questions have come above the surface, the latest of them being raised by Dhoni’s press conference.

Dhoni had earlier stepped down as the Test captain during Australian tour last year giving reins to his vice-Captain Virat Kohli and now his own words have triggered a speculation of sorts.