India face Bangladesh within the first of two Tests from Wednesday hoping to bulldoze the hosts for some much-needed ICC Championship factors and protect their unbeaten document towards them. The guests nevertheless have damage woes with captain Rohit Sharma out for a minimum of the primary match in Chittagong and quick bowler Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja taking part in no half within the sequence. Bangladesh may also be buoyed after profitable the one-day sequence 2-1 in a additional demonstration of India’s white-ball frailties forward of internet hosting subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup.
The five-day video games type a part of the ICC World Test Championship. India are fourth behind Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka, having received six of their 12 matches. The present cycle runs from July 2021 to June 2023 and contains the highest 9 Test groups, all of whom will play six sequence every, three at residence and three away.
The prime two will compete within the remaining on the Oval in London. Bangladesh are in final place with one win and one draw from their 10 matches. They have additionally not received a Test at residence since February 2020 and have by no means overwhelmed India anyplace in Tests.
Rohit harm his thumb within the second ODI and the Indian cricket board stated Sunday that they may take a name on his health for the second Test in Dhaka at a later stage. KL Rahul will lead the crew within the first Test with Cheteshwar Pujara as his deputy. Uncapped batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran was named as Rohit’s substitute.
National selectors named right-arm fast Navdeep Saini and left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar rather than Shami (shoulder damage) and Jadeja (knee). Left-arm quick bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who performed his solely Test in 2010, has additionally been added to the 17-member squad.
“There are a few injury concerns but that gives opportunity to (other) guys,” Rahul stated.
Bangladesh too are scuffling with accidents, with opener Tamim Iqbal dominated out of the primary Test after failing to get better from a groin damage. Uncapped batsman Zakir Hasan, who impressed within the current shadow Test sequence towards India A, has been referred to as up as Tamim’s substitute for the primary Test.
“I think the country tends to enjoy white-ball cricket. We have had a lot of success at home in ODI cricket,” stated fielding coach Shane McDermott.
But he added that it was a “challenge” to play Tests, though the “overall attitude has generally improved”.
Bangladesh: Mahmudul Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mominul Haque, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (Capt), Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Zakir Hasan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Anamul Haque.
India: KL Rahul (capt), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, KS Bharat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat
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