India will attempt to bounce back from a humbling series loss to Bangladesh when starting their one-day series with Zimbabwe on Friday. In their first ODI outings since relinquishing their World Cup title, India suffered back-to-back shock defeats in Bangladesh before coming back to claim victory in the final match of the series. It left the team facing much criticism at home and with the stocks of several players, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, called into question.
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However, few of those complex against Bangladesh will get the chance to atone for the defeat in Zimbabwe. India has taken a much-changed squad on tour for the three-match arrangements as they seek to find players who can make a contribution for the bigger challenges that lie ahead. The likes of Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina have been left at home, with Ajinkya Rahane captaining the team.
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Murali Vijay is expected to get a rare chance to impress at the top of the order, while all-rounder Axar Patel is likely to be handed another opportunity after coming into the team for the final two matches against Bangladesh. Yet, despite all the changes, Rahane insists that India won’t be misjudging their opponents.
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“Bangladesh is in the past now for us. We are intelligent about the present series and our plan will be to back our strengths and back our games, rather than looking at Zimbabwe’s strengths,” he said, according to The Times of India. “[We want to] give our best and play to our potential. We are here to win games,
Zimbabwe are coming into the contests on the back of a 2-0 ODI series downfall to Pakistan at the end of May. And there was distress at the World Cup, too, when they crashed out at the group phase, losing five of their six matches.