The Indian cricket team is back in action in Test cricket playing a lone Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli is looking to further his impressive record as Test captain and continue the winning streak. The match might prove to be significant and the team management might consider it as good practice before the Aussies make there way to India.
Team India cannot afford to take Bangladesh lightly, as they are lethal in sub-continent conditions, having drawn the Test series against England last year at home and having shown good performances against New Zealand in New Zealand. The pitch looks to be a perfect sub-continent pitch, whosoever wins the toss would like to bat first and will try to utilize the freshness on the pitch.
Ajinkya Rahane is fit and is likely to make a comeback and is all set to replace a triple centurian Karun Nair as his performances have been phenomenal across conditions. Kohli will back the similar team combination that played England. Bangladesh have problems as the opener Imrul Kayes is injured and Soumya Sarkar is likely to replace the slot but the captain M.Rahin is fully fit and is ready to roar.
India (probable): 1 Murali Vijay, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 W. Saha (Wkt), 7 R. Ashwin, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Ishant Sharma
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 M. Rahim (Capt & Wkt), 6 Sabbir Rahman/Liton Das, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Shafiul Islam
Players to watch out for:
R Ashwin – In these conditions, the Indian Test Wizard is a magician with the ball and against Bangladesh he can be a gem. His batting abilities in Test cricket have assured the team management to play him as a genuine all rounder. He has high possibilities to take yet another 10 – for in a test match.
Shakib Al Hasan – A true legend for the Bangladesh cricket and his experience might play a crucial role. His record-breaking double century against New Zealand showcased his form and ability with the bat. We cannot deny his bowling skills, having played on this ground in the IPL can prove to be vital for his team. Being a lefty spinner, Indians might struggle against him as the top 7 batters of the Indian lineup are right handers.
It is always interesting to see two teams from the same sub continent play each other. A lot of variables get neutralised. India would be the favourite to win the match, but in the recent past, Bangladesh has established itself as a side not to be discounted.