Mominul to lead Bangladesh against in-form Indians
An uphill battle looms for the tourists as they get set to do battle with India, a team that just recently delivered a knockout blow to the Proteas in a 3-0 series whitewash on home soil. After their 2-1 series victory in the T20I’s against Bangladesh just recently, India can now focus on building a potent test record leading into 2020. In recent times, Rohit Sharma’s test form has spiked significantly after he was promoted to his specialized position in the longest format, scoring two hundreds as well as his first double-hundred in test cricket against South Africa. If Rohit happens to miss out, there’s a rather-large possibility that India’s skipper Virat Kohli will settle in for the long haul. Cheteshwar Pujara is another who can be hard to dislodge once set as well, his resilience is probably his greatest attribute as a top order batsman. Rohit, Kohli and Agarwal all scored double-tons against South Africa in the last series, that’s a real concern for Bangladesh. Even if they do somehow happen to break through India’s defenses early, the hosts still have Ravindra Jadeja who was impressive with the bat against the Proteas as well as Ravi Ashwin who averages just under 29 in tests. It’s also been pointed out that Kohli’s bowling attack is perhaps the best of all time, suggesting the balance is almost-perfect. It’s a big statement, however the numbers do stack up in their favor. When you factor in the home ground advantage and dominance from their batsmen and spinners in these conditions, not many would give Bangladesh much of a chance at all…
Mominul Haque now faces the enormous task of leading Bangladesh in a test series against one of the most dominant teams when it comes to playing in their own conditions in the world. Coming off a 224-run defeat to Afghanistan in their last test, it’s not looking good for the visitors. Soumya Sarkar has been dropped and Shakib Al Hasan is also missing from the test side, that’s brought both Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Mithun into the frame for this first test at Indore. A lot of the responsibility now falls onto Mushfiqur Rahim and newly-appointed skipper Mominul Haque who has been thrown into the hot seat. No longer a specialist all-rounder for his country, Mahmudullah will also have to contribute some runs down the order to help out Rahim and Mominul who will be doing all the heavy lifting. They’ll have to be a lot more effective than they were against Afghanistan with the ball as well. Despite Nayeem Hasan’s potent spells as the fourth spinner against Afghanistan, there may not be room for him in the first test at Indore. They used a total of seven spinners in the test match at Chattogram, expect that number to drop with Mustafizur Rahman set to make a return. Restricting the Indians with the bat is one thing, but surviving the early assault against either the spin-twins or Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav could prove difficult.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – 1st test, Indore
- Virat Kohli
- Mayank Agarwal
- Ravi Ashwin
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Ravindra Jadeja
Wildcard pick – Umesh Yadav
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mehidy Hasan
- Shadman Islam
- Taijul Islam
- Mominul Haque
Wildcard pick – Mohammad Mithun
UPDATE: Mosaddek Hossain is unavailable for Bangladesh due to a family emergency and has returned to Dhaka.
India (possible) – 1. Mayank Agarwal 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli (c) 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Ravindra Jadeja 7. Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8. Ravi Ashwin 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Mohammed Shami.
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Imrul Kayes/Saif Hassan 2. Shadman Islam 3. Mominul Haque (c) 4. Mushfiqur Rahim 5. Mohammad Mithun 6. Mahmudullah 7. Liton Das (wk) 8. Mehidy Hasan 9. Taijul Islam 10. Mustafizur Rahman 11. Abu Jayed/Nayeem Hasan.
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