India are at present fourth within the WTC desk behind Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The solely means of qualifying for the ultimate in June is to straightaway win each the Tests towards Bangladesh after which all 4 at house towards Pat Cummins’ Australia to remove any ifs and buts.
The journey begins on the Zahoor Ahmed Stadium, which has historically favoured the batters but additionally provides some flip in direction of the business finish of the match.
The guests will begin as overwhelming favourites in Test format, by which the Bangladesh is but to beat India however the absence of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja might damage the facet.
Jadeja’s absence on these sort of tracks at all times places Indian staff on the back-foot particularly when the opposition staff is batting within the third innings or fourth innings.
Jadeja-Ashwin duo, at the very least towards lesser Test nations on sub-continental tracks may very well be deadly however Axar Patel has completed his exhausting yards over the previous two seasons because the second alternative left-arm spinner.
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As many as 10 Indian gamers, if all are match, choose themselves within the enjoying XI and crucial name that the 2 Rahuls — skipper KL and head coach Dravid — must make is concerning the fifth specialist bowler — a 3rd pacer or a 3rd spinner.
Whether India will discipline a 3rd alternative specialist spinner in wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav or sluggish left-arm orthodox Saurabh Kumar is there to be seen.
Saurabh, who has been a star performer for India A staff within the just lately concluded two-Test collection towards Bangladesh A with 15 wickets, would really feel that he has made his case for a Test Cap in at the very least one of many two video games.
Rahul’s check as a frontrunner
In the previous one 12 months, Rahul hasn’t been precisely distinctive when it comes to cricketing smarts so far as captaincy is worried and this collection the place he’s more likely to get two video games might be an acid check so far as his long-term management ambition is worried.
On Monday, in the course of the trophy unveiling ceremony along with his counterpart Shakib al Hasan, Rahul advised the mediapersons that his staff “plans to play aggressive cricket” as they know what precisely must be completed to be able to attain the WTC finals for the second consecutive time.
But Rahul, whose performances in white-ball codecs has been a bit underwhelming to say the least, should stroll the speak when it comes to exhibiting the required intent and aggression in batting division.
He may have younger Shubman Gill for firm with Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer manning the middle-order.
Rishabh Pant might be again in what might safely be termed as his favorite format the place his uncluttered batting has been a pleasant spectacle for the Indian followers.
In the bowling division, Umesh Yadav, a grasp at his craft on barren sub-continental tracks may have Mohammed Siraj, Ashwin and Axar Patel for firm.
In case a 3rd pacer is chosen as a substitute of a further spinner, the selection might be between two bowlers of one-Test expertise — home doyen Jaydev Unadkat and the skiddy Navdeep Saini, who’s extra remembered for being on the different finish when Pant created historical past on the Gabba.
As far as Bangladesh staff is worried, will probably be eager to vary its dismal winless document towards India over the previous 22 years.
In the standard format, Bangladesh has by no means had the bowling assets to hassle groups often even once they have performed at house. Pacers Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam together with spinners Shakib and Taijul Islam would love to change the script.
But they do have a gentle batting line-up for house situations with skipper Shakib having 4000 plus runs underneath his belt. Add Mushfiqur Rahim’s tally of 5000 plus runs and one other former skipper Mominul Haque’s 3500 plus combination, the batting does have a strong look.
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India: KL Rahul (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj, Saurabh Kumar, Kona Bharat, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhimanyu Easwaran
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Litton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanta, Rejaul Rahaman Raja, Zakir Hasan (wk), Nurul Hasan (wk), Yasir Ali