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Nidahas Trophy: Complacent India have lessons to learn

India's Rohit Sharma
India's Rohit Sharma plays a shot
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The opening match of the Nidahas Trophy came as a wakeup call for the complacent looking Indian side. And dare I say that it was the need of the hour.

Riding on their terrific run of form in the recent times, India had become a bit complacent. Their recent victories got them to take it for granted that they would tour with a subpar team and still manage to get over the line. They rested their key players in Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah considering the tournament to be a low key affair.

However, a rejuvenated Sri Lankan side that has turned the tide in its favour in 2018 after a couple of forgettable years were there to prove a point. They said it loud and clear that they are still a competitive side, capable of beating any team on their day. Kusal Parera (66) came out roaring, smashing 27 runs in an over of Shardul Thakur in one of the better T20I knocks you will ever see. He was assisted by a quick-fire contribution from former captain Thisara Parera (22) lower down the order to hand the Lankans a five-wicket victory.

The Indian bowling looked a little lackluster in the absence of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. Skipper Rohit Sharma did not know who to look towards when the going got tough. Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers for the Men in Blue with his crafty offbreaks, picking up a couple of useful wickets.

Rohit & Co have only a day off to regroup and plug their loopholes before they lock horns with Bangladesh on Thursday