MS Dhoni's decision to move up the order, as he fell just three runs short of a fifty    AFP
MS Dhoni’s decision to move up the order, as he fell just three runs short of a fifty AFP

With India suffering a six-wicket loss against Bangladesh and a series defeat in the second game of the three-match ODI series at the Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday, it has been noticed that the tactics and the changes made in the Indian squad by skipper MS Dhoni don t seem to click properly. Ayush Gupta points out and analyses the faults made by the skipper.

Following a 79-run defeat in the first ODI on Thursday, India were certainly on the back foot, desperately needing a win in the second ODI to stay alive in the series. Pressure was on the Indian team and especially skipper MS Dhoni, who now had the grave task of shaping the team properly in order to tackle the new breed of Bangladesh cricketers. Bangladesh currently are playing an extremely good brand of cricket, and are deservingly called the ‘rising stars of world cricket’. READ: Bangladesh clinch first-ever series win against India with six-wicket victory

There were quite a handful of negative points in the first ODI. Ajinkya Rahane had flopped with the bat as he was able to score just nine runs while India was chasing a stiff target of 308 to win. Rahane was coming off a good ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign followed by a healthy stint in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. However, a poor start to his post World Cup campaign was least expected. UPDATES: India vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI at Mirpur

As a result, he was instantly dropped from the side in the second ODI and was replaced by Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu too had an average season in the IPL 2015 was expected to add some relief to the fourth batting spot. However, he too failed to click like Rahane and was dismissed for a duck. Although he came to bat at number five instead of his preferred fourth spot, as Dhoni promoted himself up the order to number four, he should have not been dismissed for so cheap and really needs to work on his game play as he just can t afford to flatter on the sub-continental tracks. READ: Ready to step down as ODI captain, says MS Dhoni

Another area of worry was in the bowling unit, where fast bowler Mohit Sharma, who was given first preference in the series opener, failed to deliver as he claimed just a wicket for 53 runs in just 4.4 overs and was the second most expensive Indian bowler in the game. Mohit had a healthy World Cup campaign, followed by a healthy stint in the IPL 2015, and was but an obvious selection for this series.

Owing to this, Dhoni decided to bring fast bowler, Dhawal Kulkarni to fill in his spot and try his luck. However, he too just wasn t good enough and was able to claim a solitary wicket for 42 runs in seven overs. He just didn t seem to get the line and length right and as the Bangladesh batsmen were in the mood to punish every single Indian bowlers, that resulted in him having a hard time at the crease. READ: Dhoni, Jadeja’s forms have direct impact on India’s fortunes

However, the surprise inclusion of the second game was Akshar Patel. The young all-rounder came in at the expense of fast-bowler Umesh Yadav, who claimed a couple of wickets in the first game, but was also the most expensive bowler with 58 runs from eight overs. The decision however, was not a surprising one, as playing an extra spinner on sub continental tracks favours the bowling side, and being an all-rounder was an added advantage to the side. However, he was able to claim just a wicket for 48 runs in seven overs and was dismissed for a mere duck by the in-form fast-bowler Mustafizur Rahman, trapping him leg-before of a good straight delivery.

Thus, as we can see above, Dhoni made three changes in the side, which clearly were not enough to get a positive result. In fact, there was hardly any change noticed in the style, tactics and game play of the Indian side from the previous game. The unit just didn t seem to click. However, it can be a debatable topic as credit goes to Bangladesh as well, who more or less outplayed India in almost every department.

The fourth major decision by Dhoni to promote himself up the order to number four from number six was also one of the talking points of the game as it did seem to work for him and was able to play more freely. Dhoni got good support from the top order batsmen on the other side. He scored a healthy 47 runs, which was good compared to his mere five in the previous game at No. 6.

However, it s the performance of the rest of the batting order that is a worry for him, and he need to sort out the issue as soon as possible. The middle order, which seems to be a little weak, needs to be heavily looked upon, especially the likes of Rahane and Rayudu.

Also, a shuffle in the batting positions of the other batsmen could be tried out in order to check how they really work against an all new and rejuvenated bowling attack from the Bangladesh bowlers. Nevertheless, it s the batsmen s own duty to work upon their game play as soon as possible. Following the defeat to Bangladesh is a reality check and test for India, and with tough tour of Sri Lanka coming ahead, it could be another real test on how the Indian batting order can deal with powerhouses of sub continent. READ: Virat Kohli defends off a free-hit in 2nd ODI against Bangladesh

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)