Video: Fresh Start for India in ODIs Against Upbeat Bangladesh

A fresh start for India as they face a buoyant Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series starting tomorrow.

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Indian team gets ready for upcoming ODI match against Bangladesh. (Photo: AP)

It will be a fresh beginning for a full-strength India, in limited overs cricket, after their World Cup semifinal exit, as they face a buoyant Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series starting tomorrow.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back at the helm, along with six other ODI specialists to take on a side that made the cricket world sit up and take notice by reaching the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals.

The series is a platform for the hosts to take revenge for the World Cup defeat, which had turned ugly after the then ICC President Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh accused the umpires of favouring India.

From the Indian squad’s point of view, this series is a far cry from the one that played against the same opponents in June last year. Back then, eight first-choice players were rested for a three-ODI tour and seven of them are part of this one.

The seven players — Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar — were seen in the nets at the academy ground of the Shere Bangla National Stadium ahead of the first game.

India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays with a soccer ball, as his teammates Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan watch during a practice session a day ahead of their ODI match against Bangladesh in Dhaka (Photo: PTI)
India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays with a soccer ball, as his teammates Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan watch during a practice session a day ahead of their ODI match against Bangladesh in Dhaka (Photo: PTI)

Talking of the series’ significance, Raina said, “Yes definitely. You saw that after the IPL, the full Test team came and now the full ODI team has come.”

“Bangladesh have done well in ODIs recently, and this shows how important a series this is for us. We have done well in ODIs recently, and we are looking forward to it.”

(With inputs from the PTI)

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