Within 12 minutes of start of play on Sunday, normalcy was restored at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. The discussions about smog were replaced by frail talks about the pitch on offer as the ball started keeping low as early as the third over of the match. By the time India finished their innings after being sent in by Bangladesh, even the pitch-talks had faded away somewhere in the hazy night sky of New Delhi. India’s approach or the lack of it had taken centrestage. It became more prominent an hour and a half later as Bangladesh registered their first ever T20I win over India in their 9th attempt.
Yes, the pitch was on the slower side. Yes there was something in it for the spinners and even for the seamers if they rolled their fingers over the ball and varied their lengths but isn’t that normal in Kotla? It still remains one of the few Indian grounds where the average first innings total is well-below 150. And to be fair to India they did get to 148 at the end of their 20 overs and Bangladesh too had their fair share of troubles in the second innings, taking 19.3 overs to chase it down then what’s the fuss? The problem was with India’s confused way of dealing with a T20 innings, especially when batting first.