‘His captaincy was bit clueless' - Saba Karim disappointed with Rohit Sharma’s tactics against Bangladesh

Saba Karim expressed his displeasure over the tactics of the skipper.

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Team India endured a loss to Bangladesh in the first of three-match ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Despite being closely contested, India handed the lead to the rival side 1-0 and are now at the receiving end of a lot of criticism.

Former India cricketer Saba Karim has said that he was left unimpressed by skipper Rohit Sharma’s on-field tactics. Karim stated that Rohit Sharma appeared to be ‘clueless’ during the match against the Bangla Tigers.

There are some question marks over Rohit Sharma’s captaincy: Saba Karim

“If we analyze our bowling at the end, the right lengths were not bowled. There are some question marks over Rohit Sharma’s captaincy as well. There should be some talk about it. According to me, his captaincy was a bit clueless,” said Karim in an interaction with India News.

“India looked very complacent after Bangladesh were nine down. They thought they had 50 runs to defend and the batters would not be able to get them. No one seemed bothered as Bangladesh got easy ones and twos. There was no urgency and the complacency eventually hurt India,” he added.

Karim further stated the Men in Blue just played poor cricket with the ball at the death. “We have often said that India need speed at the death. Again, that was lacking and haunted us to some extent. I would say India played very poor cricket and handed the match they should have won to Bangladesh on a platter. Very bad performance."

India will play the second ODI match against the Litton Das-led side and will hope to fire on all cylinders to level the series. It remains to be seen if Team India make a few tactical changes ahead of the match or play the same side in the must-win encounter.