Home Team Has Edge Experience, Talent In India-Bangladesh Test Series
India take with them momentum and confidence after coming back from 1-0 in the T20 cricket series to win back-to-back matches and secure the three-match T20 series. Now, it is time for the two-match India-Bangladesh Test series.
The first test in the India-Bangladesh Test series starts on 14 November and will take place in Indore. The second test will be the first ever day-night test match in India. The second test starts on November 22 and will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
India Go In As Heavy Favourites
India are currently the number-one ranked test team in the world. They also sit on top of the World Championship test rankings. They have been completely dominant at home and that is why they go in as heavy betting favourites with odds of 1/7, while Bangladesh have odds of 18/1 and the possibility of a draw is at 9/1.
India will be playing a full strength team. Virat Kohli is back after taking a break from the T20 series. The opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal will once again pose a huge challenge for Bangladesh. This duo were so successful against the South Africans. The usual test stalwarts are back in action in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
There is no Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah who are still recovering from injury. Wriddhiman Saha has taken over the wicket-keeping responsibilities after doing a great job behind the stumps in the last series.
Bangladesh Will Hurt From Shakib’s Absence
Bangladesh have proven in recent years that they are a formidable side when they play in Bangladesh and are competitive when they play in Asia. They are familiar with pitches that turn and have quality spinners that can trouble good batsmen. However, this is not the same Bangladesh team that we saw in 2018 or even at the start of this year.
They have been through some tough times in recent months which included a disappointing run at the 2019 ICC World Cup, a fallout between the players and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and of late the loss of their captain and premier all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan, who was suspended by the ICC for 2 years for not reporting that he was approached by a bookie and was asked to fix a game.
His absence is going to hurt Bangladesh not just during the India series but for the next couple of years. He has been their best cricketer by far in all formats of the game, making significant contributions with the bat and bowling useful spells in all three formats. There is no player in the current Bangladesh squad that can fill his shoes. This will certain impact their chances of winning in India.
Must Perform As A Team
For Bangladesh to challenge India and make the two test matches competitive, they need to play well as a team. They do have a number of experienced players in the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes and Al-Amin Hossain. These players will have to step up and perform consistently.
They will be led by Mominul Haque, who has a tough job on his hands. He not only has to prepare his players to face India away from home, but also has to lift his team spirits and get them to believe they can be competitive without Shakib.
Their biggest strength lies in their batting. It will be up to the batsmen to make big scores and give their bowlers an edge to exploit. A lot will depend on how they play in the first test. If they end up losing by a big margin, it could make it even more difficult for them to bounce back at Eden Gardens.