The T20s are done and it is time for the real stuff. Bangladesh are set to play a two-Test series against India now. The first Test will start in Indore on Thursday, 14th November. This is Bangladesh’s first full pledged visit to India. And, winning it will be a real boost.
However, it won’t be easy. India are on a roll in Tests, especially at home. They have won their last 11 Test series at home and look unbeatable. South Africa were brushed aside 3-0 in the most recent series. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will grapple with the absence of two stalwarts.
It was a complete and comprehensive Indian show against South Africa. Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli scored runs in plenty. Key spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja tormented the Proteas.
Not surprisingly, the Indian fast bowlers were also among the wickets. That makes Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav excellent picks for your side. Wriddhiman Saha has shown great fire in his belly and can be a good ‘keeper pick.
The absence of Shakib didn’t stop the Bangladesh team from putting a good performance in T20Is. However, Tests will be a different fish and Bangladesh hope their seniors come good. Captain Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah will all be required to chip in judiciously.
Bangladesh’s bowling remains ‘work in progress’. However, Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan are excellent spinners who can trouble India. Abu Jayed has been consistent in this format and should enjoy the conditions here.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Rohit Sharma is having a fantastic 2019 in all forms of cricket. He had a great run as an opener against South Africa with more than 500 runs. He should be a must pick.
Ravindra Jadeja has cemented his spot in the Test side with consistent all-round displays. He brings a lot of energy in all three departments. That makes him a great pick for your side.
Taijul Islam has been Bangladesh’s best spin bowler in recent times. He can be a threat in helpful Indian conditions.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Mayank Agarwal 3 Cheteshwar Pujara 4 Virat Kohli (C) 5 Ajinkya Rahane 6 Ravindra Jadeja 7 Wriddhiman Saha (WK) 8 Ravichandran Ashwin 9 Ishant Sharma 10 Umesh Yadav 11 Mohammed Shami
Bangladesh: 1 Shadman Islam 2 Imrul Kayes 3 Mominul Haque (C) 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 5 Mahmudullah 6 Mohammad Mithun 7 Liton Das (WK) 8 Mehidy Hasan 9 Taijul Islam 10 Abu Jayed 11 Ebadat Hossain
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