Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim has admitted he expected India to bat first in the second game after winning the draw against Zimbabwe in the ongoing ODI series. Karim said India could have drawn conclusions from the game choosing to strike first after winning the toss.
India won the second match against Zimbabwe by five wickets and took a 2-0 lead on Saturday. With a 10 wicket win in the first game, they were expected to strike first after winning the coin toss. However, the team opted to play first and recorded an easy win. KL Rahul was coming back to the team after a big gap so he was expected to have some time in the middle with the bat.
Rahul opened the innings but was dismissed with a low score by Victor Nyauchi. Saba Karim objected to the decision saying India should have chosen to strike first.
“I expected India to beat first after winning the toss but it didn’t happen. They took the logical type of route again and it’s so easy for them because if you came to Zimbabwe. There must be takeout for you as a side. The best way to do that would have been to put yourself in a tight spot and try to get out of it,” Karim said on Sony Sports.
“The reason we were kicked out of the T20 World Cup was because of our conservative approach while beating first and that could happen before the World Cup. So it’s always good to be prepared and try to get out of comfort zones.
India will play the third ODI on Monday and they could choose to strike first in the game to give the batters more playing time before the Asian Cup. It is also highly likely that they will give bench players an opportunity.
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