India will take on Bangladesh in the second and final test of the two-match series, which begins on Thursday, December 22 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The Men in Blue won the first test by 188 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra stated that Bangladesh needed slightly better captaincy from Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh restricted India to 48/3 in their first innings but allowed them to score 404 runs. The Tigers were subsequently bowled out for 150 in their first innings, effectively ending their prospects of winning the game. Bangladesh were bowled out for 324 runs in the second innings in reply to a massive 513-run target set by India.
Bangladesh Allowed The Game To Drift – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Bangladesh need “a bit better captaincy” from Shakib Al Hasan in the second Test against India. Chopra felt that Shakib gave up the game too early and let the match drift.
“We need slightly better captaincy. I personally felt that he (Shakib) gave up very early. You didn’t get Ebadot (Hossain) to bowl, you allowed the match to go. Bangladesh allowed the game to drift. It was seen in both the first and second innings. They didn’t have the belief, they were waiting for mistakes.”
Zakir Hasan Batted Extremely Well – Aakash Chopra
Chopra praised Zakir Hasan, who scored a century on debut. He said that the Bangladesh team will have expectations from Zakir Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Mushfiqur Rahim. The former cricketer-turned-commentator believes that if the hosts had done better with the bat in the first innings, they would have challenged India.
“Zakir Hasan batted extremely well in the last match, scored a century in the second innings, you will have expectations from him. You will also have expectations from Litton Das, (Najmul Hossain) Shanto and Mushfiqur Rahim. I am expecting commitment, I am not asking for anything more than that.”
“There is depth in the batting. If Bangladesh had batted as well in the first innings as they did in the second innings, the match might have been drawn or India might have been on the tenterhooks but nothing like that happened because Bangladesh’s batting was extremely ordinary in the first innings.”
Bangladesh Will Have To Bat Better – Aakash Chopra
Chopra urges senior batsmen Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim to step up and prove their worth against the KL Rahul-led side. Mushfiqur scored 51 in two innings and Shakib was dismissed for 84 in the second innings, but it was too late to save Bangladesh.
“So Bangladesh will have to bat better if they have to compete. You need a little more application and belief in yourself. For that, you will always look towards Mushfiqur and Shakib, they are their most experienced players, you will expect them to score runs and keep dragging India,” he concluded.