Cricket-mad Bangladesh is currently soccer-mad. The ongoing World Cup is no longer correct watched in this nation, however also famend in every nook, dominating most conversations. The visiting Indian gamers were welcomed by flags of Brazil and Argentina within the constructions overlooking their training ground in Dhaka. There would possibly possibly be limited cricket paraphernalia for what’s the BCB’s first marquee home series this season. Worldwide cricket, even supposing it’s India’s first ODI in Bangladesh in seven years, will must jostle for house.
Bangladesh admire qualified for the ODI World Cup subsequent year, however they is no longer going to prefer to take the foot off the gas. India, with their first-preference gamers encourage within the squad, would prefer to open correctly, and lead into their home World Cup in October subsequent year strongly. This series, endure in mind, is no longer fragment of the World Cup Gargantuan League, however that ought to not cut back the depth.
Rohit Sharma is encourage as India’s ODI captain, with KL Rahul his deputy. Virat Kohli has also returned to the facet. The essential particular person gamers’ comeback in this format indicates India are initiating their preparation for the next year, after sending a second-string facet to the hot tour of Gentle Zealand.
Nevertheless, this also ability the likes of Ishan Kishan, Rajat Patidar and Rahul Tripathi would possibly possibly well perchance just no longer accumulate as many alternatives, as the conclude and center orders are loaded with enormous names. With Mohammed Shami dominated out of the ODIs, and lots of alternative allrounders love Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar within the mix, this will also be engaging to see how India steadiness their facet with the match being played on the late Shere Bangla Nationwide Stadium pitch.
Bangladesh will be lacking the companies of two essential particular person gamers: Tamim Iqbal, the unprecedented ODI captain, who had earlier pulled out of the series due to a groin rupture, and Taskin Ahmed, who became dominated out of the series due to a encourage rupture.
Both gamers were in aesthetic invent in ODIs. Tamim has led the facet to converse qualification for the World Cup while scoring important runs, and Taskin is viewed as the lynchpin of the tempo assault this existing day. Litton Das, who will lead the hosts, has a necessary role to play with the bat, too, opening towards a solid Indian bowling assault.
Litton can admire seniors in Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah to financial institution on, while the likes of Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali and Anamul Haque will be expected to step up in their respective roles.
India would no longer prefer to take Bangladesh evenly this time, particularly at home where the hosts admire no longer lost a bilateral ODI series since the defeat to England in October 2016. In the intervening time, Bangladesh will count on their experienced gamers to accumulate them thru.
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In the highlight
Virat Kohli is 30 runs looking out changing into the second in one more nation batter to accumulate 1000 runs in ODIs in Bangladesh, where he averages 80.83. In aesthetic invent in T20Is of leisurely, there couldn’t be a bigger location for Kohli to accumulate encourage into rhythm in ODIs after averaging 21.87 in eight games within the format this year.
Litton Das has scored 500 runs in ODIs this year while averaging 62.50. But there would possibly possibly be an added responsibility this time, leading the facet in Tamim’s absence. How he responds to the original test will be engaging to see. The Bangladesh captaincy has, of leisurely, been pretty a fable.
Shakib batting at No. 3 must mitigate Tamim’s absence. It would also allow Bangladesh to play an additional batter, which is mostly Yasir Ali. Taskin could be lacking, this ability that Ebadot would possibly possibly well perchance accumulate the nod for his tempo.
Bangladesh (most likely): 1 Litton Das (capt), 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Yasir Ali, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Hasan Mahmud, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Ebadot Hossain
With Shami dominated out of the series, young snappily Umran Malik has been known as up. Unless India reach to a resolution to give Kuldeep Sen a debut, it’s seemingly that both Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar will play.
India (most likely): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Mohammed Siraj
Pitch and prerequisites
It would be a conventional Mirpur pitch however no longer the raging turner we be taught about typically in Take a look at cricket. The Shere Bangla Stadium last hosted an ODI in Might possibly perchance possibly also just 2021, and the pitch has mostly produced scores on the upper facet for the groups batting first. Dhaka is frigid this time of the year, with no rain forecast.
“This format is such that we play correctly at any time when at home. We will miss two of our major gamers, however we tranquil factor in that who we now admire with us are very succesful”
Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Litton Das doesn’t sound too stricken by the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed due to injuries
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84