Bangalore, Jan 12: Team India's 9-run loss in the first ODI against England is a wake-up call. After losing the Test series to England, India should have learnt from their mistakes. One surprising exclusion was Bengal's Shami Ahmed, who had performed extremely well during his ODI debut against Pakistan.
A youngster who surprised everyone by bowling four maiden overs including the one during death overs to finish with figures of 9-4-23-1.
Team India couldn't have asked for a better bowler especially after losing the series to Pakistan.
Having impressed everyone and being the only Indian bowler to have bowled 4 maiden overs on debut, Shami Ahmed's exclusion from the Indian team was not a good move.
When asked about the team management's decision to pick Dinda over Shami Ahmed, Dhoni said "We knew Dinda can bowl yorker length balls but did not know how Shami can bowl on such a wicket," during the post match conference.
Bowlers leaked 38 runs in the last two overs, which could have been avoided if the team had chosen a good bowling attack.
If Shami Ahmed's exclusion was not acceptable, Cheteshwar Pujara's exclusion alos disappointed many as he had scored a triple ton against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy tie that ended on Jan 10 at Rajkot.
Cheteshwar Pujara could have played his ODI debut at home, if Dhoni and team had preferred him over any of the players who were not performing consistently. But that was another error.
Why doesn't the team management trust in players' ability and include in-form plauyers instead of playing the same unit that has been failing remains to be answered.