Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Mirpur June 19, 2014

Pitch offered batsmen a good workout, says Raina


The pitch in Mirpur was something of a revelation for Suresh Raina, the India captain. The monsoons in Bangladesh had been delayed, but their impact led to the final match becoming the first rained out at Shere Bangla Stadium. Under overcast conditions and a deck that did not lack in moisture, lateral movement was almost perennially available and batsmen had to cope with some testing bounce as well.

"Especially in the subcontinent, I haven't seen a wicket do this much in the last 10 years," Raina said. "It was good for the team, for the batsmen to adapt to these conditions and take it to England and Australia for the Tests and the World Cup. Bangladesh are also going to West Indies. So I think it was a good battle between bat and ball and winning the series was important."

The average score in an ODI at Mirpur has been 240, but over the course of the last two ODIs, India had been bundled out for 105 and were on 119 for 9 when the rain ended things today. Bangladesh succumbed for 58 on Tuesday. There is room for an argument that both teams had been caught unawares by the amount of help that was on offer. Raina believed conditions like these made batsmen work harder and the bowlers were also allowed to come into their own.

"Whenever we play in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, I think the batsmen always have the upper hand. Here, rain was coming in and bowlers had a new ball at both ends. So you had to control your shots and decide when to attack and when not to. Still I think, both sides played really well, especially India.

"Everyone stepped up to the plate. Most importantly all the bowlers had a fantastic tour. Especially Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma . I think the two debutants, Parvez and Akshar also did really well. When you come to any tour, one thing that comes to your mind is that you need to win all the games. The series was tough, the wicket was doing something. Very happy with the boys, they did a fantastic job."

Four of the squad that visited Bangladesh - Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Wriddhiman Saha - would also feature for the tour to England. The lessons learned from facing probing seam bowling in favourable conditions could help them.

"A lot of young players have come out of one and a half months of IPL. They were playing their first tour in Bangladesh when the wicket was doing something. We have learned how to tackle seaming conditions and a few players from our side are going to England so they could utilise these conditions to prepare for the Tests."

When asked how India could handle tougher conditions outside the subcontinent, Raina pointed out that long-format cricket would prompt a change in mindset and the pitches for those matches would be truer, which would help the batsmen. "That wicket is going to be more batting-friendly. Bounce will be there, but at the same time you can play your shots. Here I think the wicket was really doing a lot."

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashok on June 21, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Too much is made of the BD batting collapse by the India A & its application to England. In England a good bowler can always swing the ball in the air & move it off the pitch. But it will be predictable once the batsman plays himself IN. In a 5 day Tests, it is not a "Bang-Bang" Cricket. You play patiently, play yourselves in & then start playing your strokes. In ODI, the batsmen are trying to play like in T20. That is part of the problem. But BD pitch was 2 paced & probably had dents in bowlers follow thru' due to soft surface. It caused uncertain conditions like those of the days when the pitches were not covered. Also moisture must have seeped in at certain spots giving it uncertain bounce & turn. Unluckily, India had to bat first in 2 ODI's. BD scored only half as many runs as India in the ODI #2 & would also have done the same in ODI #3, had they played on. So ignore the BD pitches & do not compare them to England covered pitches where bowling skills are needed to swing & Seam!

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    @ Simple8 - I was laughing the whole day after you comment. Raydu performed well in Domestic session. Which Raydu are you talking about.

    Indian Selectors proved that there is a urgent change required in Indian Selection Panel. I would strongly object the two players being selected for this tour only based on their IPL teams performance. How was Raydu, Tiwary and Uthappa being selected for this indian team. It is really harsh.

  • Arockia on June 20, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    binny rayadu rahane were not selected by ipl alone. they played domestic well too. if they dont do well in international matches doesnt mean they play only well in ipl. they played domestic well but they couldn't adapt to International matches.Remember kohli played 30 to 40 odi's to get his first century

  • Rajesh on June 20, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    I think Pujara did show application and sound technique than any other batsmen.. And this series truly exposed the star IPL players such as Uthappa, Rayudu and Rahane.. Among this crowd, Rahane could succeed since he plays in Dravid-mould after having been mentored by him.. But please don't bring up the case for Uthappa and Rayudu selections any more.. Binny is another case and one doesn't know what he can offer in the long run.. His 120-km bowling can never make him eligible to be called as an all-rounder and he can get wickets only in mine fields like these Bangladeshi pitches.. We need to give him some more opportunities to evaluate his batting and then take a final call.. In some ways, this series was quite an eye-opener and proved the myth that IPL performances can never be taken seriously..

  • RAJARAMAN on June 20, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    All this talk about solidity, security,balance, etc. lose grounds if there are no runs to back-up ... Pujara's case is exactly this in ODIs ... the proof of the pudding is in the eating ... so get runs first Pujara, for any hhope to be in ODI squad in future ...

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    The true fact is Pitch in Mirpur is truly unfit for ODI. If it is Good bowling pitch, the batsman can spend time initially and apply himself, then he can play his shots later in the innings. But in this pitch even after 15 overs this pitch have seam and swing. So even though batsman played out 30 or 40 deliveries the result will be the same. So definitely its not the batsman's fault. And also take note that our bowlers perform really well in bowlers friendly conditions. So it is a positive sign. Especially Binny, it is big confident booster he got before he is going to England. This pitch is having Seam and Swing and Spin and variable Bounce. If any one is feature in any match its difficult for batsman, but all kind of troubles in one pitch seems even well established batsman will struggle in this pitch. So dont criticize Young Indian Side. As for as my concern they exceed the Expectations particularly Bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    It is time to look beyond the manoj Tiwaris and Rayudus. Beats me how Rayudu got the nod ahead of the many talented , young batsmen around.

  • Manesh on June 20, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Those who critisize Indian batting lineup forgot that there is only 1 or 2 regular ODI batmen in this team. Lets appreciate their efforts for winning the series. Sorry for Binny another 5 or 6 wickets was there for him. And luckily for BD they escaped form less than 50 score!

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    What i found lagging with the Indian team is the ability to show some grit and grind your opposition out. They knew before going into the 3rd match against BD how the pitch will behave. It was admirable that they took to batting first upon winning the toss. The intent was there. But the execution was lagging. Robin, Tiwari and Rayudu did not help their cases.

  • Prem on June 20, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Well done Raina, both as a batsman and a captain in this series!

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